[Urbanstudy] Maharashtra government to partially fund 18 stalled JNNURM projects

Vinay Baindur yanivbin at gmail.com
Wed Jun 21 12:19:52 CDT 2017


http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/maharashtra-government-to-partially-fund-18-stalled-jnnurm-projects/story-hvjl6GnSLERiUMIAfxPO9O.html


Maharashtra government to partially fund 18 stalled JNNURM projectsMumbai
city news: The projects, originally planned under the JNNURM, are mostly
related to water supply, sewerage and solid waste infrastructureMUMBAI
<http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/> Updated: Jun 21, 2017 12:45 IST
[image: Manasi Phadke]
Manasi Phadke
Hindustan Times
[image: Mumbai city news]
The state cabinet led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday
decided to contribute Rs843 crore towards the projects.(HT)

Nearly three years after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central
government stopped the Congress regime’s flagship urban renewal scheme
stalling several projects, the Maharashtra government has decided to fund
the completion of 18 such works stuck in the state.

The projects, originally planned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban
Renewal Mission (JNNURM), are mostly related to water supply, sewerage and
solid waste infrastructure. They are spread across cities such as Pune,
Pimpri Chinchwad, Thane, Nanded, Malvan, Nagpur, Dhule and so on.

The state cabinet on Tuesday decided to contribute Rs843 crore towards the
projects and has set a target of completing them in the next two years.
This includes its own contribution of Rs333 crore towards the projects as
per JNNURM norms as well as 80 per cent of what was originally to be the
Centre’s contribution.

Under JNNURM, the Union government was expected to contribute 50 per cent
of the cost of every project approved. Soon after the BJP-led government
came into power at the Centre, it halted the JNNURM scheme and launched its
own urban development scheme – the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban
Transformation (AMRUT).

The 18 projects stuck in Maharashtra were supposed to get Rs636 crore from
the Centre. The BJP-led state government will now spend Rs508.8 crore,
which is 80 per cent of the amount, while the urban local bodies
implementing the projects will have to shell out the rest.

An official from the state urban development department said, “We sorted
the pending JNNURM projects under two categories — ones that can be
discontinued at the current stage and the ones that need to be completed as
per the original plan for them to boost a city’s infrastructure.”

The government mostly weeded out projects that involve procurement of buses
or construction of independent roads and decided to focus on completing
water supply, solid waste or sewerage projects that will only help a city
if the entire planned network is built, the official added.

Since last year, the state urban development department has been trying to
complete infrastructure development projects being implementing by urban
local bodies by helping them with resources, resolving obstacles and taking
regular reviews.
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