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Centre?s nod to Yeshwant Sagar, garden projects

IN A major feather in the cap for Indore, the Centre has agreed to fund the Rs 40 crore garden beautification programme and the Rs 40 crore Yeshwant Sagar capacity enhancement project under the Rs 50,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 15:32 IST

IN A major feather in the cap for Indore, the Centre has agreed to fund the Rs 40 crore garden beautification programme and the Rs 40 crore Yeshwant Sagar capacity enhancement project under the Rs 50,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

The Mission’s National Steering Group agreed “in principle” to fund the two projects at a meeting held in New Delhi on Saturday.

The meeting, chaired jointly by Union Minister for Urban Development and Union Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation, witnessed the deposition of detailed project reports as well as the Rs 2,475 crore City Development Plan (CDP) tendered for Mission funding.

The State delegation was led by Urban Administration Development Commissioner with the IMC being represented by City Engineer (Building Permission) Harbhajan Singh.

The approved proposals will now be forwarded for appraisal to the Technical Advisory Group which will finally give the go ahead for releasing funds to the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee.

In all, four detailed project reports (DPRs) were submitted by the IMC along with its Rs 2475 crore City Development Plan (CDP) for Mission funding.

These included the Rs 325 crore sewerage master plan implementation proposal and a Rs 165 crore road infrastructure development project apart from the two proposals cleared by the Centre.

As per Mission conditions 50 per cent of the total costs of approved projects would be provided by the Centre with the balance being shared between the concerned State Government and civic body in the ratio of 30:20.

In other words the IMC will have to shell out Rs 8 crore for the garden beautification project and a tad over 6 crore for the Yeshwant Sagar capacity enhancement project.

Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma: The Centre has agreed in principle to fund the garden beautification and Yeshwant Sagar proposals as both carried a project cost of less than Rs 50 crore.

IMC City Engineer and in-charge of garden beautification programme Harbhajan Singh: The Rs 2475 crore City Development Plan will be tabled at a meeting to be held in New Delhi some time next week. The experts may ask for a few clarifications or modifications to the two proposals otherwise the funding is as good as through.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 15:32 IST