Make municipal corporations self-reliant: Yogi

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Lucknow, May 23 : Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday congratulated the newly elected Mayors and urged them to work towards making municipal corporations self-reliant on the lines of PM Modi’s vision of a self-reliant India.

While meeting the newly elected mayors of seven municipal corporations at his official residence, Yogi directed them to address the problems of their areas effectively with the support of public representatives and also take measures to enhance income of their respective municipal corporations. He also motivated the mayors to perform better and to try to do something new.

He said, “Development is the only means of success. So, bring change through development. There is no dearth of money for development. Prioritise development works in every ward and ensure standard and quality of work. Use the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) money to improve public works.”

The newly elected mayors gave the credit for their victories to CM Yogi.

The CM directed the mayors to give priority to underground cabling work, solid and liquid waste management and installation of street lights. He also directed them to resolve the problems of stray dogs in the urban areas and to keep the cattle on priority.

He also called for making all the 17 municipal corporations safe and smart. He told the mayors to pay special attention to cleaning and maintenance of toilets in urban areas.

Yogi directed the mayors to build a convention center for the common man, which would not only benefit people, but will also enhance the income of corporations. Besides, he told them to clean the drains before the onset of monsoon and curb use of plastic.

Emphasising the need for increasing the income of municipal corporations and making them self-reliant, the CM mooted the idea of bringing tax reforms and facilitating deposit of taxes for the common man with the help of technology. “People should be made aware to pay tax. Online facilities should be provided. Multi-level parking lots can also help increase municipal corporations’ income, in addition to providing convenience to people,” he said.

He directed the mayors to stay in touch with public representatives and work in coordination with them.

Yogi stressed on the need of addressing common problems faced by municipal corporations, such as water-logging, clogging of drains and maintaining cleanliness, effectively. He also expressed concern over the existence of illegal taxi stands, directing the mayors to identify such taxi stands in urban areas and remove them.

He told them to make alternative arrangements for taxi stands so that people do not feel inconvenience. He gave instructions regarding installation of Integrated Traffic Management System at all major intersections.

Mayors who met the CM included Bihari Lal of Jhansi, Prashant Singhal of Aligarh, Harikant Ahluwalia of Meerut, Archana Verma of Shahjahanpur, Vinod Agarwal of Mathura, Sunita Dayal of Ghaziabad and Hemlata Diwakar of Agra.

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