The state government advised Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to petition the Centre afresh to release 10 per cent of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) installment payments on Tuesday.
JNNURM bosses docked 10 per cent of the state’s share of instalments as it has been unable to recover water supply costs.The IMC, however, has sought an exemption citing the high costs imposed in ferrying Narmada water to the city from a distance of over 75 kilometres.
UADD Commissioner Sanjay Shukla, Municipal Commissioners of Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain and Gwalior as well as other senior officials were present at the meeting.
“Narmada water costs Rs 29 per 1,000 litres (around 650 buckets of water) whereas Yeshwant Sagar (reservoir, which supplies 30 million litres water everyday) costs us Rs 6 per 1,000 litres,” pointed out Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Singh.“We had written to the government earlier and the Secretary asked us to seek the remaining amount again,” he said.
AS per JNNURM norms, the Centre provides 50 per cent of project costs while the remaining 50 per cent is shred by state government (20 per cent) and the concerned local body (30 per cent).