Urban planners attached to an advocacy group on Panchayati Raj here on Monday called upon the Rajasthan Government to pay greater attention to the Centre's flagship scheme, Rajiv Awas Yojana, for providing affordable housing to slum dwellers in the cities. The focus of the Yojana is on according property rights to people living in slums.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said the Dewas drinking water project in Udaipur district is on the “highest priority” for the State Government and would get additional budget for construction of the State's longest water transport tunnel for the benefit of the residents of the City of Lakes.

Intervening in reply to a question in the State Assembly, Mr. Gehlot said he had visited the project site recently and was monitoring the progress of work for supply of drinking water from Mansi Wakal, Akodra and Madri dams to Udaipur. Budget for the ambitious project had already been enhanced, he added.

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) on Thursday announced that it would launch housing schemes in Mansarovar, Pratap Nagar and Indira Gandhi Nagar this year in the city.

During the budget meeting the RHB said it would construct 7,917 houses across the state and passed the budget of Rs 631crore. According to officials, the board will construct 4,605 for lower income group (LIG) and economically weaker section (EWS).

The Integrated Lake Eco-System Management has helped as a sustainable approach as well.

The Centre has approved projects for development of Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur at a cost of Rs.42 crore and improvement of the Walled City area in Jaipur at a cost of Rs.29 crore. The Centre will bear 70 per cent of the cost of the lake plan under the National Lake Conservation Project.

The growing problems in providing adequate drinking water to urban populations is a consequence of the lack of long-term planning and inefficient management of urban water usage.

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