Union minister for urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday handed over the release order of Rs 1,263 crore to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for different central schemes in the state. The minister, who was in the city to review the implementation of all central urban schemes in Uttar Pradesh, handed over the release order of Rs 375 crore for Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Rs 442 crore for Smart City Mission and Rs 446 crore for Lucknow Metro project.
Stating that Uttar Pradesh was lagged behind in implementing the schemes of the central government, Naidu said the reason was that the previous government did not have the intention to do so. “I’m not making any allegation against anyone, but just stating a fact. In fact, the people of Uttar Pradesh have already given them a reply,” he said in a joint press conference with the chief minister.
“With the coming of the Yogi government, Uttar Pradesh has joined the ‘Mission Modi’, an acronym for “Making of Developing India,” he said and added that the Centre will ensure that UP is a partner in the development yatra that the Modi government has started.
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Under the smart city project, Rs 119 cr have been sanctioned for Lucknow, while Rs 107 cr each has been sanctioned for Agra, Kanpur and Varanasi. Another Rs 2 crore have been sanctioned for preparing proposals for including Meerut and Rae Bareli under the smart city mission.
The Rs 446 crore sanctioned for Lucknow Metro includes the Centre’s equity of Rs 300 cr, Rs 100 cr of central taxes and Rs 46 cr as pass through.
The recommendation for Noida and Greater Noida metro rail project of 29.7 km, worth R5,503 crore, will soon be okayed and there is also a proposal before the NCRTC board of Delhi- Meerut regional rapid transit system on a 90-km stretch, worth Rs 32,000 crore, Naidu said.
Talking about RERA, Naidu said 14 states have already notified it, including UP, but the state will revise it in a month’s time. “The UP chief minister has promised that the authority would be in place by end of July. People, especially builders are saying many things about it, but let me tell you that RERA is not a strangulation, it’s just proper regulation. We just want builders to deliver on what they promise in their brochures and advertisements,” he said, adding that action would be taken against the defaulters and they would also be penalised and legal action would follow.