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Long wait to get approval irks minister

india Updated: Oct 10, 2006 15:59 IST
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MINISTER FOR Urban Administration and Development Jayant Malaiya expressed displeasure over the slow process of approval for ADB-funded schemes at a review meeting on Monday.

The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed schemes worth Rs 179 crore through ADB loans. The meeting was convened to review schemes under the Asian Development Bank and the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Bhopal Mayor Sunil Sood, Indore Mayor Umashashi Sharma and BMC Commissioner Manish Singh were also present on the occasion.
However, the minister expressed satisfaction over the progress of JNNURM works. On the occasion, BMC officials made a presentation of JNNURM schemes.

In regards to the slow progress of ADB schemes, BMC officials told the minister that there is long process of approval. The officials said it takes about 170 days to get approval for one work.

The Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) officials informed Malaiya that urban bodies were not paying their dues. The Minister for Urban Administration and Development directed the officials of various urban bodies to pay electricity bills.

Sood said the ADB loan should be adjusted in the BMC’s share of JNNURM. Under the Union government-sponsored JNNURM, municipal bodies will have to arrange a share of 30 per cent of the total scheme cost.

The representatives of urban bodies, where the ADB and JNNURM schemes are underway, also informed the minister about their progress.

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