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Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
03-December-2010 17:24 IST
Jaipal Reddy Urges States to Speed Up Reforms Proposed Under JNNURM Rs.11859.16 Crore Provided to the Cities to Improve Urban Infrastructure
Shri Jaipal Reddy, Minister for Urban Development has said that significant achievements have been made under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme and more is to be achieved in coming years. Basic amenities created under the programme have helped to improve the living standard of the common men especially poor sections of society by providing better drinking water facilities, improved sewerage and approach roads. He said that so far Centre has provided 11859.63 crore for 527 projects under JNNRUM. He said that his ministry would request for more funds under the scheme to take up projects further. The Minister was addressing the national conference on JNNURM organized by his ministry here today.

Urging State Governments to speed up reforms proposed under JNNRUM, he said that these will improve efficiency of local bodies and their resources. The common men will have more transparent administration and system for public utilities as a result of implementation of these reforms, he said.

Addressing the Conference, Minister of State for Urban Development, Shri Saugata Roy said that strict monitoring on the part of the States is essential for the effective implementation of the projects. He urged the Finance Minister and the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman present on the occasion to consider inclusion of 28 more cities, with the population of five lakh and more, under JNNURM.

The Finance Minister in his address drew attention of the State representatives to the fact that need for urbanization was bound to grow at a much higher pace in the coming years and would require massive increase in the fund requirement to create needed infrastructure. Investment required providing basic amenities cannot come through Central Government support only. He said State Governments along with Urban Local bodies should not only prepare themselves to meet growing demand in this respect but also exhibit political will to involve private sector in a big way, he observed.

Addressing the Conference, Minister of Housing and Urban Property Alleviation, Kumari Selja said that there is a dire need to address the issues of faulty urban land policy and urban planning models responsible for mushrooming of slums. She said that Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana (RAY) under JNNURM would have a two-pronged strategy. The first is to bring the existing slums within the formal system and enable them to avail of the same level of basic amenities as the rest of the town. The second is to undertake measures to prevent the creation of new slums through appropriate urban land policy and restructuring of the master planning model.

- 2 - The Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that performance of States on reforms linked to the mission was not encouraging. He said that future allocation to the States would be strictly linked to performance on reforms side. He was even of the opinion that central support to programmes like construction of metro , roads and bridges should also be linked to the reforms. He said for the successful achievement of enshrined objectives, it was necessary to set up a credible plan for waste, sewage and drinking water management. The cost of providing expected level of services in the urban areas is going to be so big that Government funds would be just insufficient and private sector has to be engaged in this task, he added.

Day-long Conference convened to review implementation of JNNURM was attended by the Urban Development Ministers’ from the States, mayors of JNNURM cities, municipal commissioners, senior officials of the Central Government and the State Governments. The Conference also discussed implementation of e-governance in municipal cities and property rights in detail to improve governance in JNNURM cities and towns.

On the occasion awards were also presented to the cities for outstanding performance in the implementation of JNNURM project and other reforms. On the occasion Housing Start-up Index was also released. The Index is an indicator of the growth and other activities in housing sector of the country.

Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was launched on the 3rd December 2005 for reforms driven and fast track planned development of urban infrastructure and basic services in 65 mission cities. In addition schemes for Urban Infrastructure Development for small and medium towns and integrated housing and slum development were also initiated under the JNNURM.