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2 JNNURM projects may get nod

IT LOOKS like mission possible for at least two of the four proposals for which the City had sought funding under the Rs 50,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 15:48 IST

IT LOOKS like mission possible for at least two of the four proposals for which the City had sought funding under the Rs 50,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

The Union Urban Development Ministry has sought further inputs on the Rs 40 crore garden beautification programme and Rs 40 crore Yeshwant Sagar capacity enhancement project.

Coming merely a day after budgetary allocations were made, the move has raised hope that the Ministry was favourably disposed and an effective presentation may be all that’s needed to push the projects through.

IMC City Engineer Harbhajan Singh will travel to New Delhi tomorrow along with a delegation led by Urban Administration Development Commissioner to brief the JNNURM National Steering Group on the two projects at a meeting to be held on Saturday.

It could not, however, be ascertained whether the delegation would also comprise officials from other JNNURM beneficiary cities - Ujjain, Bhopal and Jabalpur.

The National Steering Group is co-chaired by the Union Minister for Urban Development and Union Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation Ministry. If cleared on Saturday, the proposals would be forwarded for appraisal to the Technical Advisory Group, which would finally give the go-ahead for releasing funds to the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee.

Speaking off the record, a top IMC official opined that chances were ‘reasonably good’ that the Union Ministry would clear both the garden beautification and Yeshwant Sagar projects.

“Indore was the first off the mark in submitting a City Development Plan (CDP) for JNNURM. We’re reaping the benefits now, being the first to be summoned by the Ministry after funds were made available,” he added.

He, however, cautioned that funding for the Rs 325 crore sewerage master plan and the Rs 165 crore road infrastructure development programme, would ‘probably be postponed until the next fiscal year’.

In all, four detailed project reports (DPRs) were submitted by the IMC along with its Rs 2,475 crore City Development Plan (CDP) for Mission funding.

The CDP was formally approved by the State-level JNNURM Committee on January 29 before being forwarded to the Centre.