Rs 1 lakh crore national urban renewal mission cleared

New Delhi, Nov 21 | Updated: Nov 22 2005, 06:18am hrs
The government has approved a mission for the development of urban facilities in 60 cities with a combined investment by the central, state governments and the urban local bodies of more than Rs 1 lakh crore to be utilised over a seven-year period.

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission would be launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on December 3.

The mission would cover about 60 cities with a million-plus population, all state capitals and some other cities considered important from religious, historical and tourist point of view, Prime Ministers media advisor Sanjay Baru said on Monday.

It would give focussed attention to the integrated development of urban infrastructure and services, with special emphasis on provision of basic services to the urban poor, including housing, water supply, sanitation, slum improvement and community toilets/baths.

The mission would be guided by a national steering group chaired by the urban development minister and co-chaired by the minister of state for urban employment and poverty alleviation.

Mission Urban

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission would be launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
The mission covering 60 cities would focus on development of urban infrastructure
Special emphasis on basic services to urban poor

 
It would consist of two sub-missions; one on urban infrastructure and governance and the other on basic services to the urban poor.

The main thrust of the sub-mission on urban infrastructure and governance would be on major infrastructure projects relating to water supply, including sanitation, sewerage, solid-waste management, urban transport and road network.

Programmes like slum-improvement and rehabilitation, sites and services, night-shelters, community toilets and housing for the poor would be taken up by the sub-mission on basic services to urban poor.

-PTI