10 Jul 2024

Chhattisgarh will regain its lost status: Union Minister Manohar Lal Khattar expressed confidence during review meeting

Raipur: Union Minister of Power and Housing and Urban Affairs, Manohar Lal Khattar, conducted a comprehensive review of energy, housing, and public facility projects in Chhattisgarh during his visit to Raipur. At a meeting held within the ministry, he emphasized the importance of coordinated efforts between the state and central governments to accelerate Chhattisgarh's development. The Government of India, he assured, will provide full support to meet the state's electricity and housing needs.

Minister Manohar Lal highlighted the numerous reforms being implemented nationwide under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, aiming to align with public aspirations. He was joined at the review meeting by Chief Minister Vishnu Dev Sao, Deputy Chief Minister Arun Sao, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Tokhan Sahu, and Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain.

Power Surplus and Subsidy Schemes

The Union Minister announced that Chhattisgarh is on track to regain its status as a power surplus state. He detailed several subsidy schemes run by the Central Government designed to ensure affordable and sufficient electricity for the populace. Additionally, initiatives promoting solar energy are being actively encouraged. Minister Manohar Lal urged the state government to maximize the utilization of funds and grants provided by the Central Government. He assured that there would be no hindrance from the Central Government in the execution of development schemes, promoting effective collaboration between the state and central entities.

100 buses to operate between Naya Raipur and Raipur

In the meeting, the Union Minister suggested the deployment of 100 buses received by Raipur under the Clean City initiative to operate between Naya Raipur and Raipur. He reviewed various projects under the Electricity Department, including efforts to reduce line-loss, the installation of smart meters, electrification in backward tribal areas, and ensuring coal availability for power generation.

He also evaluated the progress of several housing and urban works initiatives, such as the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, PM Swanidhi, Amrit Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission, PM e-Bus Service, Smart City Mission, and National Urban Development Mission. Minister Manohar Lal reassured the provision of adequate funds for these schemes.

State's Commitment and Progress

Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai expressed his gratitude towards the Union Minister for reviewing the development works shortly after assuming office. He noted that this cooperation would significantly boost the state's development trajectory. Highlighting rapid advancements in power generation, Chief Minister Sai confidently stated that Chhattisgarh would soon be a 'Power Surplus State' once again. He pointed out improvements in electricity availability for farmers and small workers over the past six months, including discounts on electricity bills for irrigation pumps.

The Chief Minister requested priority approval for 19,906 houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and approximately 50,000 houses with revised central share, in line with applications collected during the Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra. He expressed optimism that the meeting would inject fresh momentum into the state's energy and urban development sectors.

Commitment to Urban Development

Deputy Chief Minister and Urban Administration and Development Minister Arun Sao reiterated the state's commitment to the Central Government's guidelines for urban development. He reported significant progress in cleanliness, housing, livelihood, and drinking water initiatives, which are regularly reviewed. Minister Sao expressed hope that with continued support from the Government of India, these efforts would gain further momentum.

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