Rural area of Chandigarh comprises of 13 villages having the population of 93863, as per Census 2011. Chandigarh is a fast expanding and developing city within the radius of 8 KM. These villages have also attained peri-urban character due to their close vicinity to Chandigarh. As this law provided for a uni-tier Panchayat system, a new law was brought in for creating two higher tiers – Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads, which was entitled the Punjab Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad Act, 1961 and was subsequently extended to Union Territory, Chandigarh on its formation. At present, the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 is applicable in U.T. Chandigarh with effect from 23.04.1994.
With the provision of civic amenities like safe drinking water supply, storm water drainage, sewerage system, electrification, street lighting, solar light, metalled link and circular roads, the villages of UT Chandigarh have attained the characteristic of towns and they are no longer rural in character. The agriculture and allied activities have almost come to an end in these villages.
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to develop all villages into model ones by providing basic amenities at par with the beautiful city Chandigarh city. In the past, the amenities like metalled roads, concretized streets, side surface drains, flush type latrines, activity centers, water supply, street lightings, electrification, e-Sampark centers etc. have been provided. Sufficient medical and educational & sports facilities are also available to the residents of villages. Stress is also being laid on proper cleanliness and sanitation of the village streets and surroundings.
During the last year 2016-17, an amount of Rs.325.97 lacs was incurred under Plan Scheme “Strengthening of Infrastructure”, which was provided to Panchayati Raj Institutions and the Engineering Department for the work of street paving, construction of surface drains and storm water drainage. The sanitation scheme is being also implemented with the funds of the said Plan Scheme.
During the current year 2017-18, an amount of Rs.445.21 lacs was available under the scheme “Strengthening of Infrastructure” for execution of the development projects in U.T. villages. Further, the following initiatives are being taken up for social and economic upliftment of the rural masses:-
ACHIEVEMENTS IN RURAL AREAS
|1.||Piped Water Supply||All villages covered.|
|2.||Electrification||Provided in all villages.|
|3.||Metalling of circular roads||Metalled in all villages.|
|4.||Street pavement and construction of surface drains.||All the major streets of U.T. villages have been paved up with side surface drains.|
|5.||Provision of flush type latrines||The facility exists in all villages except village Kishangarh where no land is available for the purpose.|
|6.||Multi-purpose building of activity centres.||Provided in all villages except Kishangarh where no land is available for the purpose.|
|7.||Sewerage facility||All villages covered.|
|8.||Bus service.||Available to all villages.|
Available to all villages.
|10.||Veterinary service||Veterinary centres are functioning in villages :
i) Khuda Alisher
iv) Khuda Lahora
Available to all villages
|12.||Construction of sports stadium||Provided in villages :
i) Khuda Alisher
|13.||Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin)||All the U.T villages of Chandigarh has been declare as Open Defecation Free.|