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DVDB to look after civic works in rural, urban villages

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved setting up of Delhi Village Development Board (DVDB), which will look after civic works in both rural and urban villages in the national capital. At a press conference, Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai said the DVDB will subsume the Delhi Rural Development Board (DRDB) meant for carrying out development works only in rural villages.
The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, he said, adding all 300 villages in the national capital will come under the purview of the board.
Rai said the Board had been allotted Rs 600 crore.
The minister said the move was aimed at developing villages in urban areas also, as the Rural Development Board did not have the mandate to conduct development works in urban villages.
The DVDB will look after both the Urban as well as the rural villages. The DVDB will look after construction of approach roads, link roads and village roads, development of ponds & water bodies, development of cremation grounds, parks, playgrounds, village libraries, vyayamshalas, drainage facilities, chaupals, baratghars, community centres and other need based works like drinking water facility, street lights etc.
The Board will have the Minister for Development, Delhi Government as its Chairperson; two MLAs to be nominated by the government as Vice-Chairperson. All Delhi Ministers, all Delhi MPs, all Delhi MLAs, Zonal Chairpersons of all MCDs, Chief Secretary among several other officials would be the member of the board.
"DVDB will constitute Village Development Committees (VDCs) for assistance in carrying out baseline survey of the villages to assess the facilities available, facilities required and identifying the priority areas for development works," he added.
"The VDCs would comprise 21 members who would be nominated by the local MLA. These members would function purely on voluntary basis," said Rai.
For coordination between VDCs and MLAs, a 16-member coordination committee would be formed. The Coordination Committee will have a Chairman and a Co-Chairman, who would be the two independent members of DVDB. The Coordination committee members would not be entitled to any remuneration.

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