Yogi Adityanath mulls planning board for Lucknow’s development

With most development authorities not taking water charges and some like Lucknow and Varanasi are charging water fees in an ad hoc manner, the CM said rules should be formulated for water charges

With most development authorities not taking water charges and some like Lucknow and Varanasi are charging water fees in an ad hoc manner, the CM said rules should be formulated for water charges
With most development authorities not taking water charges and some like Lucknow and Varanasi are charging water fees in an ad hoc manner, the CM said rules should be formulated for water charges

UP CM Yogi directs officials to set up a planning board for Lucknow

With the rising population of Lucknow and the city expanding in an unplanned manner, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to set up a planning board.

The Yogi Adityanath government is mulling a proposal to set up a planning board on the lines of a Metropolitan Board for Lucknow. He said the area under Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) should be expanded formally for which a proper Board will be required.

Yogi Adityanath has also pushed for simplification of the process of property transfer within development authorities.

A government spokesperson said the population within LDA limits is 45 lakh and there is an ongoing, unplanned expansion of the city which needs to be curbed.

He said while the present rate of conversion charge is 1 percent of the asset concerned, it needs to be reduced and the present, complex process should be simplified. He added that in the event of legal succession or implementation of a will under the housing department, the mutation fee should be a maximum of Rs.5,000. A maximum fee of Rs.10,000 should be charged depending on the value of the freehold or gift property. In the case of leased assets, a 1 percent mutation fee may be charged, he said.

The chief minister has also said that the work on the Lucknow Green Corridor special scheme should be started within two months.

He asked officials to identify slums around the Naimisharanya Guest House located on the banks of Gomti. Residential slums should be relocated and given homes under PM Awas Yojana, toilets, and linked with other government schemes. The famous Butler Palace Lake should be developed as an Amrut Sarovar.

He has also directed that for better implementation and planning, town planners should be appointed in each development authority and municipal corporation.

The chief minister said that assistance should also be taken from students of IIT and state government technical institutes. Projects should be planned to keep in mind the demands of the next 50 years. Rainwater harvesting should be promoted, he said.

Yogi Adityanath said that rules should be formulated for water charges. No water fees should be charged when the authority is unable to provide water. He said water fees should be revised annually in accordance with the income tax department’s Cost Inflation Index.

[With Inputs from IANS]

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