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Rural growth plans cleared

Ranchi, May 26: The Ranchi zilla parishad today approved development plans worth Rs 36 crore for building basic infrastructure and beautifying water bodies across the district.

After a meeting at Kutchery in the afternoon, the zilla parishad president Sundari Tirkey said all these plans had already been approved by respective gram sabhas and panchayat samitis.

“Now, the approved proposals have been forwarded to the district planning committee for undertaking work according to availability of funds,” Tirkey said.

While Rs 23 crore out of Rs 36 crore will be spent for construction of roads, small culverts, drains and community halls, the remaining Rs 13 crore will be use for renovation of lakes and ponds across 303 panchayats of Ranchi district.

Zilla parishad’s vice-president Chitranjan Mahto said during the meeting, some members complained against district engineer Shyam Das Singh for dilly-dallying in clearing projects.

“Members alleged that the district engineer has been taking too much time in clearing bills, thereby delaying projects. However, the issue was sorted out when the engineer, who was also present in the meeting, promised full cooperation in the future,” he said.

The members also complained about delay in construction of anganwadi centres in different parts of the district even though funds had been cleared.

But the district engineer promised to look into the matter and asked the members to submit a list of proposed anganwadi centres, work on which was yet to begin.

The 47-member zilla parishad has cleared projects worth over Rs 100 crore in the district since January 22, 2011, when it was formed.