Schemes for Development of Infrastructure in Urban Areas
By Accommodation Times Bureau
The Minister of State for Urban Development, Shri Saugata Roy informed the Rajya Sabha today that the details of schemes being run in the Ministry of Urban Development for basic amenities and infrastructure development in the urban areas are as follows:
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), a reform driven scheme was launched on 3rd December, 2005 with the objective of fast track development of cities across the country, focusing on bringing about efficiency in urban infrastructure service delivery mechanisms, community participation and accountability of Urban Local Bodies and Parastatal agencies towards citizens and to ensure sustainable development of cities during the Mission period 2005-12. Under Urban Infrastructure & Governance (UIG) component of JnNURM, 65 Cities/Urban Agglomerations(UAs) have been selected on the basis of population as per census 2001 and as per norms/criteria mentioned below:-
Under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), one of the sub-components of JNNURM, all cities / towns as per 2001 census except cities/towns covered under UIG, are eligible to be covered. The components for assistance under the Scheme include all urban infrastructure development projects including water supply and sanitation.
Other than JNNURM, there are schemes like 10% Lumpsum Assistance in the North-Eastern States, North Eastern Region Urban Development Programme (NERUDP) for north eastern states, Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme in Satellite Towns (UIDSST) around seven mega cities, for basic amenities and infrastructure development in the urban areas.
All Urban areas falling under North Eastern Region (NER) and Sikkim excepting the cities covered under Urban Infrastructure and Governance component of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) shall be eligible for assistance under the 10% Lumpsum Provision Scheme for NER States.
The Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme in Satellite Towns around seven Mega cities is a pilot scheme launched in 2009 and covers eight towns around seven megacities. The towns for the pilot scheme have been nominated by the State Government concerned.
In addition, Ministry of Urban Development is implementing the World Bank-Global Environment Facility (GEF)-UNDP assisted Sustainable Urban Transport Project to reduce Green House Gas emissions (GHG) through capacity building, demonstration projects in selected cities and project management. The criteria regarding inclusion of cities under the project is (i) population, (ii) Regional spread covering all parts of the country (iii) Demonstration effect/value (iv) commitment and pro-active steps by the city/state authority to implement the project.
Mr. Roy further informed that under UIG, 23 projects have been approved for Madhya Pradesh, with the approved cost of Rs. 2459.22 crore with Additional Central Assistance (ACA) of Rs.1259.20 crore. An amount of Rs. 668.80 crore has been released till now. Under UIDSSMT, an amount of Rs. 902.20 crore has been committed for the State of Madhya Pradesh against which Rs. 485.94 crore has already been released for 60 project in 45 towns in the State so far.
He further informed that the Government of Madhya Pradesh had proposed the inclusion of Indore city under the World Bank-Global Environment Facility (GEF)-UNDP assisted Sustainable Urban Transport Project, which has since been approved by the Central Government an amount of Rs. 9.14 crore have been approved under GEF assistance and Rs.29.28 crore has been approved as Government of India’s share.