Vrindavan 2016.07.05 (VT): State Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav formed Braj Planning Board last year to spearhead development planning in the Braj region. The goal was to formulate a master plan for developing Braj over a period of 30 years. As of yet, however, not a single meeting of the board has been held since its formation.
The board was formed last year with the CM himself as its chairman and R.D. Paliwal as chief executive. But so far no meeting has been held to finalise the modus operandi and task delegation. The planning board was mainly formed to boost coordination between various departments for a cumulative development, but so far the departments are not availing themselves of the facility.
As of now, whenever one department starts a project, another department comes along and demolish it for some other purpose. This has especially been the case in the matter of paving roads and the drainage system. The city is now suffering from the consequences of non-coordination, for example, with water logging in the rainy reason.
The widening of National Highway near Vrindavan is also waiting for such coordination. The roads have been widened, but now they are being demolished at various places to make the space for drains. If past experience is anything to go by, the roads will not be repaired afterwards to their “mint” condition.
A meeting of the board members has been scheduled for this month. The Govardhan by-pass road development plan has also been included in the initial development plans of the board.
Tasks initially to be taken up by the Braj Planning Board
- Take moneys from private organisations for development works in Braj.
- Occupying land for the various projects.
- Cumulative planning by all the departments, for the next 30 years.
- Get city development plans approved.
- Ensure optimum utilisation of resources from the Municipal Corporation.
- Get the budget approved for every Government department as per their requirement.
Initial Modus Operandi of the Braj Planning Board
All Government departments were supposed to meet first to decide the master plan for the next 30 years. Then every department was supposed to make a proposal including their part of the plan to submit to the Braj Employment and Development Council to get their budget approved and funds allocated, after which they can start their respective tasks.
The board can even involve private organisation to help in planning, implementing and/or sponsor the development tasks in Braj. Note that the BPB has a forum where concerned citizens can share their views on Braj development.
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