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Azam talks politics at NURM meeting

WITH THE deadline for submitting projects to be funded under National Urban Renewal Mission (NURM) just a month away, the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies here organised a workshop for district magistrates, mayors and executive officers to encourage them to avail its benefits for their respective cities.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 01:35 IST

WITH THE deadline for submitting projects to be funded under National Urban Renewal Mission (NURM) just a month away, the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies here organised a workshop for district magistrates, mayors and executive officers to encourage them to avail its benefits for their respective cities.

Though the topic for discussion was Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan utilised the occasion in taking pot shots both at his predecessor in the ministry during the BJP regime and at the Central Government. Criticising the pro-urban tilt of the schemes under NURM, the minister said not only the selection of cities under the scheme was biased but its implementation would also promote migration from villages towards cities.

“The inclusion of Mathura in the seven cities selected by the Centre under the scheme and dropping Faizbad, which I had suggested because of Ayodhya, is a case in point as a legislator of the city is close to 10 Janpath,” he said. Without taking the name of former Housing and Urban Development Minister Lalji Tandon, he said large-scale misappropriation of funds earmarked for the development of State capital was done during the BJP regime. “A major example of this wanton misuse of funds was the multi-crore Gomti river dredging project,” he said, adding that he had demanded a high-level probe over the end utilisation of money spent on all development projects in the city, which was then the prime minister’s constituency.

Stressing on the need for a balanced development of both rural urban areas, the minister said basic services and needs like housing, medical and educational facilities should be provided free of cost to the poor.

Director State Urban Development Agency Diwakar Tripathi made a detailed presentation on how the government could best utilise huge tracts of unused land for taking care of the housing needs of the underprivileged sections of the society through the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP).

First Published: Feb 15, 2006 01:35 IST