Response of many north Indian states to JNNURM not encouraging:Reddy

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New Delhi, Apr 16 (UNI) With urban local bodies continuing to suffer from capacity constraints and lack of technically qualified manpower, the response from many states in north India to the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) projects has not been encouraging, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy said here today.

Despite the fact that projects in the urban sector do not lend themselves easily to the PPP model, and there are limits to what the governments can do, metro rail projects in several metro cities are being implemented under the PPP mode, Mr Reddy said while addressing the 'Cityscapes 2008': Convention on Urban Infrastructure.

For these projects, 20 per cent of the cost was being met through grants by the Centre and another 20 per cent was being provided by the respective state governments, Mr Reddy said, adding that ''we are also working out model concession agreements for the metro rail projects.'' The Minister said that five states, namely, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, have agreed to advance timelines for the provision of urban services and added that under JNNURM 54 of the 63 cities are implementing more than one project.

Mr Reddy ruled out any shortage of hotel rooms for the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

The emphasis would be on budget hotels for which DDA has sold 30 small plots as hotel sites, he said.

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