Rs 25,000 crore allotted for urban infrastructure development

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New Delhi, Oct 24 (UNI) A sum of Rs 25,000 crore has been allotted under the Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG) component of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) Rs 25,000 crore has been alloted to the entire mission period of seven years.

Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, in a reply during question hour informed the Lok Sabha that 63 towns and cities have been identified for coverage under this mission. Some cities under certain catagories will be given upto 80 per cent of funds for renovation, modernisation and rejuvenation of facilities. This does not mean that new projects would not be taken up.

He said under the urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), Rs 6400 crores has been allocated for the entire mission period of seven years. During the last three years, a sum of Rs 2194 crore has already been allocated.

Mr Reddy said during the current financial year, 20 projects with an approved cost Rs 2466.53 crores with committed additional central assistance (ACA) of Rs 1181.69 crore has been approved under UIG component of JNNURM.

He said during the current financial year, the first instalment of additional central assistance (ACA) amounting to Rs 450.77 crore has been released for 60 projects in the UIDSSMT component of JNNURM.

He said as per the guidelines of UIDSSMT, State level Nodal Agencies (SLNAs) are required to monitor the implementation of projects and reforms. The State Level sanctioning Committee (SLSC) also monitors projects sanctioned under the programme. besides this, a monthly review by the CSMC and regional reviews are undertaken at the level of Secretary (UD) of the urban Development Ministry to ensure proper implementation.

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