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?Rs 300 cr allocation to meet State Govt share?

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday announced that his Government had made budgetary arrangements to incorporate expenses incurred by Indore?s bid for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) funding.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 00:20 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday announced that his Government had made budgetary arrangements to incorporate expenses incurred by Indore’s bid for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) funding.

A budgetary allocation of Rs 300 crore has been made for meeting the State Government’s share in the Rs 2,475-crore City Development Plan submitted by Indore under the Mission” revealed Chauhan.

The Chief Minister declared that intensive efforts were underway to develop the State’s IT potential and it would emerge at par with Bangalore and Hyderabad within a couple of years.

He was addressing a star-studded gathering after dedicating the Guru Gobind Singh (Manikbag) over-bridge to the public today evening. The overbridge, a longstanding demand of residents, will end the woes of thousands of commuters who were forced to spend endless hours at the Juni Indore railway crossing.

PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, Forest and district in-charge Minister Himmat Kothari, Minister of State for Forests Prakash Sonkar, Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, Indore MP and BJP national vice-president Sumitra Mahajan, IMC Speaker Shankar Lalwani and Pancha-ja Chairman Laxman Singh Gaud were among those present.

Citing connectivity as the mantra for development, the Chief Minister said Indore needed to be linked to the rest of the country through rail, road as well as air if the City was to realise its potential.

“We have already given a fillip to upgrading the air link by making available 164 acre land for the development of the international airport,” informed the Chief Minister. Chauhan also released a book on the IMC 100-garden beautification programme and gave away certificates to the IMC engineering team that oversaw the over-bridge construction.

Project Officer Anoop Verma, former City Engineer Jagdish Dagaonkar and Garden Officer AU Khan were among those honoured by the Chief Minister.

Earlier, Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma stressed her commitment to the overall civic development of the City. “However, it is important that development does not turn Indore into a concrete jungle. For this we have decided to embark on a neem plantation drive that will witness five lakh sapling being planted over the next year”.

Indore, declared Mayor Dr Sharma, would become known as the neem City in the not too distant future. In her address, the Mayor recounted the lists of IMC achievements including implementation of the mid-day meal scheme, progress on the Narmada-III project and square beautification.

PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya and Indore MP Sumitra Mahajan appreciated the IMC and IDA team for diligently working for the City’s development.

“This over-bridge has been entered into a nationwide contest of bridges to be held tomorrow and I am confident that it will emerge the winner,” said Vijayvargiya.

Earlier the Chief Minister arrived to a loud welcome by the BSF band which struck up Vande Mataram and amid cheers of Jai Jai Shri Ram and Bole so Nihal by the BJP and Guru Sikh Sabha cadres respectively.

MLAs Mahendra Hardia and Usha Thakur, City BJP chief Ramesh Mendola and IDA Chairman Madhhu Verma as well as Mayor in Council members Munnalal Yadav, Rajendra Rathore, Shanta Jhanwar and Chandu Shinde attended the meeting. Mic member incharge of Public Works Lalit Porwal conducted the proceedings.

First Published: Mar 15, 2006 00:20 IST