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Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
13-December-2011 20:00 IST
PM Inaugurates JNNURM National Conference on the Sixth Anniversary of JNNURM

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today inaugurated the National Conference of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission in New Delhi. The National Conference was organised on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister said: “We need to facilitate an integrated and holistic approach towards regional development in the next stage of JNNURM. We should look to create enabling conditions for investment in urban India and livelihood creation in manufacturing and value-added service sectors. We should give special focus to energy-efficient public transport.

The Prime Minister pointed out that urban India generates two-thirds of India's Gross Domestic Product. Leveraging India's urban transition presents, therefore a significant opportunity for development and growth. There is also the demographic opportunity of a rising young population of working age in our country which is more likely to migrate to urban areas in quest for jobs and employment.

Dr. Manmohan Singh emphasized that “City planners must rethink traditional concepts of town planning. Master Plans in the past did not consider spatial requirements for living and working of the poor. This must change, and change fast enough

Dr. Singh said that while there has been some improvement in the capacities of urban local bodies but much more is needed. There is an urgent need to build and/or reform Municipal cadres in all states. Training programs in urban planning, management and finance will go a long way in building capacities. Professional inputs from engineers, accountants, water and sanitation experts, must be encouraged. There is an urgent need for upgrading and expanding existing Schools of Urban Planning and setting up new Centres of Excellence in Urban Management.

The Prime Minister also said that the participatory approach to urban development needs much greater attention. Citizens' charters for delivery of services could be instituted to ensure that public services and private sector service providers are indeed made accountable to citizens. “We should promote the concept of Public-Private-People Partnerships. The strengthening of Residents Welfare Associations in several parts of our country has provided a useful model. I believe, it needs to be encouraged further”, he said.

The Minister for Urban Development Shri Kamal Nath said that urbanisation in India is a great challenge. The rate at which the urban population is growing, it is vital that the process of urban development keeps their pace of growth in mind. The Minister said that many a lessons have been learnt in the first phase of JNNURM and the phase II of JNNURM will improve upon these to evolve an even better JnNURM model. He pointed out that just funding through a scheme cannot bring about change, reforms are needed in its implementation to ensure that urban infrastructure and service delivery improves in not only the Metros but also in the tier Ii and tier III towns.

JNNURM awards were given by PM on the occasion. Best Performing City under Sub-Mission for Urban Infrastructure and Governance was given to Pimpri-Chinchwad. The best City Award for Special Category States for UIG was bagged by Guwahati. Best City Award for Implementation of Reforms pertaining to Improvement in Development was given to Hyderabad. Best City Award for Improvement in Solid Waste Management for UIG was won by Kanpur. Best City Award for Implementation of reforms pertaining to Financial Sustainability for UIG went to Bengaluru.

The Minister of Urban Development Shri Kamal Nath also gave away the National Urban Water awards as also released brochures on various schemes of the Ministry and Census Data for urban sector.

JNNURM has completed six years in December, 2011. The Mission is on a fast track with several States exhausting their seven year allocation commitments. Under the Sub-Mission for Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG), which focuses on select 65 mission cities, a total of about 532 projects have been sanctioned covering 65 cities in 31 States and Union Territories (UTs) in the country till March 31, 2011. The cost of all sanctioned projects is estimated at Rs. 60,528.99 crore. The Additional Central Assistance (ACA) committed is Rs. 27,960.30 crore for these sanctioned projects. A total of Rs. 6,592.89 crore has been utilized in 2010-11, under UIG.

Under the component for Urban Infrastructure Development for Small and Medium Towns Scheme (UIDSSMT), which focuses on other small & medium towns, a total of about 767 projects have been sanctioned covering 644 towns in the country till 31st March, 2011. The cost of all sanctioned projects is estimated at Rs. 12,947.51 crore. The Additional Central Assistance committed is Rs. 10,450.33 crore for these sanctioned projects. A total of Rs. 2,676 crore has been utilized in 2010-11, under UIDSSMT.

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