The Ministry of Urban Development has cracked the whip on the States for failing to follow the guidelines for filing detailed project reports (DPRs) to seek sanction for projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Incorrect information about land acquisition, no mention of arrangements for water and sewage and solid waste management, and inclusion of inadmissible components in the DPRs hold up projects, the Ministry has said.

The first phase of the JNNURM had to be extended from March 31, 2012 to 2014. The Ministry is in no mood to allow an extension in the second phase.

The Ministry has set a deadline of three years for the completion of projects in the transitions phase (the time between JNNURM I and II) and has asked the States to ensure that the DPRs do not include inadmissible components like recreation centres, and that cost estimates are not based on lump sum estimates as they do not depict the bankability of projects.

Sources say the Ministry has received 149 projects costing Rs. 4,600 crore from the States and the Union Territories for consideration in the transition phase.

The Ministry has asked the States to ensure that the DPRs must mention operation and maintenance plans, which include the financial sustainability of projects; the existing and achievable service delivery levels; and the status of land acquisition and requirements.

The DPRs will also have to specify the source of water, suitability of the source with respect to raw water quality, aspects of shifting of underground utilities, and details of consent for setting up sanitary landfill sites.

They will have to contain details of the alignment of sewer lines and the consent from pollution control boards for setting up sewage treatment plants, and should be in line with the urban transport policy.


A long struggle to secure JNNURM fundsNovember 3, 2013