for municipal reforms and capacity building. Only one project – roads and transport under which 150 low-floor buses were to be procured – was completed on time.
Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam was made the implementing agency for sewage, water supply and waste management works and Meerut Nagar Nigam was the monitoring agency. According to Jal Nigam, only 45% of the network has been laid and the progress of other projects like urban renewal, storm water drain are not satisfactory. Local MP Rajendra Aggarwal is of the view that the work couldn’t be completed as the municipal and implementing bodies lacked the capability to undertake a mission of such a scale.
“The entire city was dug up by private contractors hired by the Jal Nigam. They started working without any plan and as a result, there was traffic chaos. The quality of work is also very shoddy,” said Aggarwal, who raised the issue in Lok Sabha recently demanding a CBI probe into the irregularities in implementation of JNNURM. One can only hope the second phase of the ambitious urban renewal programme will learn from the mistakes of the first.