ADB to provide $2m for urban renewal project

New Delhi, May 15 | Updated: May 18 2006, 05:30am hrs
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide technical assistance worth $2 million to the urban development ministry for implementation of the ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). In addition, the Centre would fund an outlay of $5 lakh for the JNNURM.

The technical assistance is meant to strengthen the capacity of the urban development ministry for effective and speedy implementation of JNNURM, said a senior government official.

As many as 130 projects from various states under the mission are awaiting clearance from the ministry. Most of the projects are related to infrastructural upgradation in various million-plus cities of the states. u

According to the officials, the much-needed technical assistance would expedite the clearance of all the projects, which have fallen into rough weather due to technical constraints. The government will also provide all information and logistical support required for the technical assistance activities.

Andhra Pradesh submitted around 50 detailed project reports to carry out infrastructure upgradation in Vijayawada, Vishakapatnam, and Hyderabad worth several hundred crores. The other projects are from Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and West Bengal. Ministry sources said the projects were under consideration at different levels and would be taken up for final approval shortly. As many as 20 projects have been returned to the state governments concerned for certain technical modifications and will be taken up appraisal once they are sent back to the ministry.

It is a technical delay and nothing else. A project has to be assessed at different levels before it is cleared. We have released the first installment of funds for as many as 12 projects for the remodelling of storm water drains, construction of flyovers, and providing underground drainage facilities to the unserved areas in Hyderabad and Vijaywada, a senior ministry official said.

An overwhelming 53 infrastructural projects have been received from Gujarat for Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara. The prominent among these are Sabarmati River Front Development with an estimated cost of Rs 1,407 crore, Bus Rapid Transit System at Rs 460 crore, and providing storm water drains in Ahmedabad. Gujarat has sought Rs 113.88 crore from the State under JNNURM to improve the water supply distribution system in Vadodara.

The ministry has 11 projects from Madhya Pradesh worth over Rs 650 crore. Officials said 18 projects from Maharashtra were under consideration at different stages. We have already released funds for five projects in Nagpur.