Ranchi, July 23: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Friday laid stress in participation of people in ensuring all round development of their city and state.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 84 crore for beautification of the capital city of Ranchi, Hemant Soren said that benefits of the development schemes will only reach to the people when they are aware and play an important role in fulfilling the goals of the state government.
He said that image of the capital helps to build the image of the state. The Chief Minister said it is the thought of the state government that development schemes should be for long term so that its benefits can also reach to the future generations.
Hemant appealed to residents to keep the city neat and clean and act as gatekeepers of society by highlighting wrongs.
“Ranchi being the capital of the state must look like one. My government is working towards this mission so that people coming to this city are in awe of the place. At the same time, residents here will have access to proper facilities,” he said.
Hemant spoke of how unplanned development, coupled with increasing population, had led to urban chaos. “Many localities are such that even two-wheelers can’t enter, let alone an ambulance,” he said and appealed to owners of plots in the city to voluntarily part with at least 5 ft space (gift deed) to the government so that such problems can be addressed.
He said that development of Jaipal Singh Stadium and Bada Talaab is a priority for the state government as it want visitors to come to these places.
The Chief Minister said that development schemes should be framed in sync with the environment.
He said that unseasonal rain, floods, cyclones are all results of exploitation of the environment.
Hemant Soren said even there is huge change in the environment of Ranchi over the last 25-30 years.
He said the state government is making efforts to plant trees in vacant places. The chief minister suggested the people to even take plantation drive in their wards and localities. Mr Soren said in government and private function instead of bouquets, plants should be given.
Earlier, chief minister Hemant Soren laid the foundation stone for a slew of urban projects, worth over Rs 84 crore, for various wards of Ranchi on Saturday, directing officials to ensure their timely completion to provide the state capital with a much-needed facelift.
As many as 45 projects, across the length and breadth of the capital, covering both Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) and Ranchi Regional Development Authority (RRDA) limits, will now be initiated. These include lanes, drains, beautification of some roundabouts and installation of street lights, among others.
The projects also include renovation of some of the historical and landmark sites of the capital. For instance, Ranchi Lake (Bada Talab) will be cleaned up and beautified, the dilapidated Jaipal Singh Stadium in the heart of the city in Kutchery will be given a facelift, the Rock Garden at Kanke Road will be renovated with a new entrance and Morabadi ground will be equipped with a new sound system.
Those present on the occasion also included Ranchi MLA CP Singh, Hatia MLA Naveen Jaiswal, secretary of state urban development department Vinay Kumar Choubey and Ranchi Municipal Corporation Commissioner Mukesh Kumar.