Urban ministry, Delhi govt spar over funds
The war of words between the Union Urban Development Ministry (UDM) and the Delhi government over allocation of funds for developing urban infrastructure in the city has intensified, reports Moushumi Das Gupta.Updated: Aug 16, 2008 22:40 IST
The war of words between the Union Urban Development Ministry (UDM) and the Delhi government over allocation of funds for developing urban infrastructure in the city has intensified.
Two weeks ago, the Delhi government had accused the ministry of delaying allocation of funds due to it under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for developing infrastructure like roads, flyovers and cleaning of Yamuna river.
The ministry has now hit back with a letter saying the government could not demand funds only on the basis of basic outlines of projects.
The ministry shot off a letter to Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta last week stating that the plans were not proper.
“All the 26 detailed project reports (DPRs) received from the government on respect of roads, flyovers and underpasses have been returned in December 2006 as they were not properly made,” said a ministry official.
The official said the reports lacked details like traffic data, economic and financial analysis, planning and design criteria, etc.
“We have returned another DPR for modifications because of absence of detailed cost estimates and lack of adequate information on availability of land.”
As many as 13 DPRs relating to water supply and sewerage were not detailed reports but just conceptual notes with line estimates and no detailed design, drawing and component-wise cost estimates.
“Even these were returned for modifications. But till date the government has failed to re-submit these proposals with the necessary changes,” said a ministry official.
A senior official said three proposals submitted by the Delhi government were under consideration. “These include the NDMC’s proposal to renovate Connaught Place, DJB’s Rs 3,500 crore project to clean Yamuna and a transport project,” said the official.
The ministry has asked the Delhi government to expedite re-submission of modified proposals along with the required details if they want to avail funds.
Rakesh Mehta, Delhi chief secretary, said, “Most of the infrastructure projects in Delhi are linked to the Commonwealth Games and have to be ready by 2010. They are time-bound. We have already started work on these projects without waiting for clearance of the DPRs by the ministry.”