Jodhpur to be developed as a heritage city

JODHPUR: Expressing her wish to develop Jodhpur as a heritage city, chief minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 14 projects worth Rs 762 crores during her two-day visit to Jodhpur in a whirlwind manner.

After inaugurating 9 projects including three major water projects belonging to Phalodi in Jodhpur district on Saturday during her public meeting via remote control from the stage, Raje laid the foundation stone of three residential projects involving construction of 7,580 dwelling units for the financially weaker section.

Besides this, she also laid the foundation stone for a sewerage line project in Ratanada area, under which 40-year-old sewerage lines will be restored in the area upto Jhalamand. This work has been taken up by Jodhpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) under the AMRUT Scheme. Before this, Raje dedicated a hostel for nursing students and residential building for medical college staff in MDM Hospital worth Rs 22.33 crore as well as a training institute for the cattle rearers worth Rs 4 crore.

In a review meeting with the district administration which lasted for over four hours, Raje reviewed various developmental projects and saw presentations by the Jodhpur Development Authority (JDA). Expressing her anger, Raje directed JMC to take steps to increase revenue to meet the finances for its projects shown during presentation. She said that JMC would have to work for meeting expenses of the developmental projects instead of looking to the government for all its financial needs.

She also directed JDA to prepare a DPR for construction of five grand entrance gates at all the main roads of entry to the city and directed the officials to engage professional architects and consultants for the project. “Everything should be in correspondence with the heritage character of the city. Engage consultants and architects for this,” Raje said. She said that Jodhpur’s heritage value must reflect and be restored in every developmental work. It will strengthen Jodhpur’s potential as a tourist city.

Credits ET Realty

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