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Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
06-September-2016 15:40 IST
Credit rating of cities under urban reforms begins; Ahmedabad, NDMC get A- - rating

85 cities to be rated by March next year

85 cities to be rated by March next year

Substantial lending support to Smart Cites identified from World Bank, ADB, JICA, BRICS Bank, AIIB

Implementation of new urban missions pick up momentum

Rs.1.24 lakh cr investment approved to improve basic urban infrastructure

Ministry of Urban Development spends 70% of Plan Funds in 5 months

Shri M.Venakaiah Naidu reviews progress of urban development schemes

            Speedy implementation of new urban missions launched last year has resulted in the Ministry of Urban Development spending 70% of Plan Funds for 2016-17 during the last five months of the current financial year. This was revealed during a review of progress under different missions taken by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today.

            Under the initiative of Credit Rating of urban local bodies, 85 cities have launched the process and the same has been completed in respect of 12. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has got A- - rating (positive credit worthy). All these 85 cities would be given credit rating by March next year. Pune and Ahmedabad are in advanced stage of going for municipal bonds.

            The Minister has directed the officials to follow up with States and ULBs on a  regular basis to ensure that all ULBs get credit rating at the earliest which is necessary to float municipal bonds for mobilizing resources.

            As a part of handholding the States and Urban Local Bodies for speedy execution of projects under new initiatives, the Ministry of Urban Development has identified substantial sources of resources from various domestic and multi-lateral lending agencies. This includes ; Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank- US $ 5 billion, Asian Development Bank- US $ 1 billion, Japanese International Cooperation Agency- US $ 500 million, BRICS Bank- US $ 500 million per city, AFD-Euro 100-200 million. HUDCO is likely to support Smart City Mission with Rs.10,000 cr.

            The Minister was informed that in addition to 68 projects that were launched in 14 smart cities in June this year, another 134 projects have been identified of which 114 projects are under bidding. While the first batch of all 20 smart cities have set up Special Purpose Vehicles, the 13 cities identified under Fast Track Competition would do so by the end of this month. 

            Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu expressed satisfaction over the Ministry approving an investment of Rs.1.24 lakh crore for improving basic urban infrastructure. This includes Rs.78,000 cr investment under Smart City Plans of 33 cities and another Rs.45,935 cr under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

            Shri Naidu noted that reforms introduced like involvement of States and ULBs in conceptualization of new urban missions, autonomy to States in formulation of projects, their appraisal and approval, competition based selection of cities etc., have begun to yield positive results in the form of speedy clearance of investments.

            The  Minister directed the concerned officials to take necessary measures jointly with States and ULBs to promote conversion of municipal solid waste into compost.

            As against Plan allocation of Rs.21,000 for 2016-17, the Ministry of Urban Development has incurred an expenditure of Rs.14,725 cr till August this year.