"--Indo-Asian New Service"
New Delhi, June 16 - Wide roads, greener parks, cleaner water bodies and more toilets figure in the urban development ministry's action plan to beautify Delhi, an official said Monday.

The ministry has asked the civic and other government agencies to ready programmes for achieving the goals, union Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said here.

Krishna said that cleanliness and maintenance of roads and public places would be a priority.

The ministry also plans to green pedestrian pathways and maintain heritage sites - many of which are lying in neglect.

Besides, the plan also talks about incentivizing segregation of waste at the household level and decentralizing the solid waste system.

It would be a better idea to decentralize solid waste management instead of creating mega dumping grounds, said Krishna.

In addition to this, the ministry is also emphasizing on the need to construct more public toilets across the city including use of recycle waste in a big way, he added.

Krishna said Delhi's three civic agencies were working on a detailed action plan on issues ranging from desilting of drains to checking for mosquito breeding - a common problem in the monsoon.

--Indo-Asian New Service

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