DVDB to look af­ter civic works in ru­ral, ur­ban vil­lages

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Cab­i­net on Mon­day ap­proved set­ting up of Delhi Vil­lage De­vel­op­ment Board (DVDB), which will look af­ter civic works in both ru­ral and ur­ban vil­lages in the na­tional cap­i­tal. At a press con­fer­ence, Delhi De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Gopal Rai said the DVDB will sub­sume the Delhi Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Board (DRDB) meant for car­ry­ing out de­vel­op­ment works only in ru­ral vil­lages.

The de­ci­sion was taken in a Cab­i­net meet­ing, chaired by Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Mon­day, he said, adding all 300 vil­lages in the na­tional cap­i­tal will come un­der the purview of the board.

Rai said the Board had been al­lot­ted Rs 600 crore.

The min­is­ter said the move was aimed at de­vel­op­ing vil­lages in ur­ban ar­eas also, as the Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Board did not have the man­date to con­duct de­vel­op­ment works in ur­ban vil­lages.

The DVDB will look af­ter both the Ur­ban as well as the ru­ral vil­lages. The DVDB will look af­ter con­struc­tion of ap­proach roads, link roads and vil­lage roads, de­vel­op­ment of ponds & wa­ter bod­ies, de­vel­op­ment of cre­ma­tion grounds, parks, play­grounds, vil­lage li­braries, vyayamsha­las, drainage fa­cil­i­ties, chau­pals, barat­ghars, com­mu­nity cen­tres and other need based works like drink­ing wa­ter fa­cil­ity, street lights etc.

The Board will have the Min­is­ter for De­vel­op­ment, Delhi Gov­ern­ment as its Chair­per­son; two MLAS to be nom­i­nated by the gov­ern­ment as Vice-chair­per­son. All Delhi Min­is­ters, all Delhi MPS, all Delhi MLAS, Zonal Chair­per­sons of all MCDS, Chief Sec­re­tary among sev­eral other of­fi­cials would be the mem­ber of the board.

"DVDB will con­sti­tute Vil­lage De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tees (VDCS) for as­sis­tance in car­ry­ing out base­line sur­vey of the vil­lages to as­sess the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able, fa­cil­i­ties re­quired and iden­ti­fy­ing the pri­or­ity ar­eas for de­vel­op­ment works,” he added.

“The VDCS would com­prise 21 mem­bers who would be nom­i­nated by the lo­cal MLA. These mem­bers would func­tion purely on vol­un­tary ba­sis,” said Rai.

For co­or­di­na­tion be­tween VDCS and MLAS, a 16-mem­ber co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee would be formed. The Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee will have a Chair­man and a Co-chair­man, who would be the two in­de­pen­dent mem­bers of DVDB. The Co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers would not be en­ti­tled to any re­mu­ner­a­tion.

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Delhi De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Gopal Rai dur­ing a Press con­fer­ence in New Delhi

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