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NURM aid to make metro dream clear

LUCKNOW IS all set to take a metro turn if it gets a moneyed go-ahead in the Government of India?s National Urban Renewable Mission (NURM).

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 01:02 IST
HT Live Correspondent
HT Live Correspondent

LUCKNOW IS all set to take a metro turn if it gets a moneyed go-ahead in the Government of India’s National Urban Renewable Mission (NURM).

The city is already on NURM list. Many ambitious development plans are being readied. The process is on. What’s more, you too have a role to play.

“People’s suggestions would be welcome in making their city beautiful and trendy,” Prof Nishith Rai, director of Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), that has been made the state resource center for the NURM programme, said. Lucknow is among the 63 cities across the country in the NURM.

He said efforts were on to find an office for the consultants appointed for NURM that is easily approachable by all. “People then could post their suggestions and they would be taken into account while preparing the City Development Plan (CDP),” Rai said.

Rai who attended the meeting with the newly appointed consultants of NURM—Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP), South Asia, of the World Bank, said that after taking the feedback from Feedback Ventures Private Limited, a company appointed by WSP, a discussion with all the stake holders was held at the Commissioner, Lucknow division’s office on Friday.

Commissioner, RK Mittal who chaired the meeting with WSP’s senior utility officer, Anoop Badhawan, which also included representatives from LMC, tourism, LDA, transport, environment, ASI, SUDA besides the RCUES, informed HT Live that the CDP is now likely to be in place in three months.

Every city identified under the NURM programme has to submit a CDP on the basis of which funds would be allocated.

“The transport department was asked to study all possible alternatives in making the city’s transport system better. This includes the provision of Metro/Mono rail. LMC similarly would have a role to play in multi-layered parking that would be built with public-private partnership,” Rai said.

Besides, an effective “solid waste management”, proper water supply, drainage, conservation of historical monuments etc are all likely to be included in the CDP.

Asked whether the city might lose out on funds, as resources are to be allocated on “first-come-first-serve” basis after the CDP is submitted, Rai said that the budget allocation would also be done on the basis of population.

“That way we won’t lose out,” Rai said.