Addressing the consultative workshop of Municipal Commissioners from five southern states and Puducherry at Hyderabad, Naidu said it is a challenge to ensure cent percent household water supply connections as against the present fifty percent, a statement released here said.
The Minister said the task is to ensuring normative water supply of 135 litres per capita per day as against the present 73 litres, cent percent sewerage treatment as against the present 16 percent, enhancing efficiency of solid waste collection from 23 percent to 100 percent, achieving 80 percent segregation of waste at source as against the present 18 percent, recycling of 80 percent of waste as against the current 10 percent, reliable power supply, improving physical and social infrastructure and urban governance and meeting the urban housing shortage.
Referring to the need for massive investments to convert the rapid urbanization into an opportunity, Naidu stressed on the need for effective recovery of costs of utilities like water and power in urban areas.
He said to begin with, at least operation and maintenance costs needs to be recovered by putting in place necessary mechanism.
"One certain way of doing it is to set up Regulatory Bodies for deciding on the prices of urban utilities," Naidu said.
Elaborating on the pace of urbanization in the country, the minister suggested development authorities for each of the district headquarter towns for comprehensive long term planning for an area of 25 km radius.
He also stressed on the need for modification of building bye-laws at the level of urban local bodies to meet the growing aspirations of urban population.

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