Proposals being made for development works under JNNURM, he says

Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana has said proposals for development of Guntur city with an outlay of Rs 3,958 crore under the second phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) are being submitted to the government.

While drawing plans for that, the Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) has conveyed the requirement for additional grants for carrying out the development works to both the Central and the State governments.

Participating as the chief guest at the public hearing on JNNURM at GMC on Saturday, Mr. Lakshminarayana said there was an urgent need to augment the civic infrastructure to cater to the burgeoning population.

The GMC was at the same time expected to garner higher revenues.

Underground drainage ought to be given top priority to improve sanitation. Guntur was conferred the status of `municipal corporation’ in 1994 but a lot remains to be done for improving the living standards, the Minister observed.

MLC K.S. Lakshman Rao said the requirement for drinking water which went up with the merger of 10 villages into the Corporation, has to be factored in while making out the development plans. The condition of roads has much to be desired. District Collector and GMC Special Officer S. Suresh Kumar said that the public could give suggestions in writing before January 20 after which the proposals would be given a final shape. MLA Sk. Mastan Vali, GMC officials and others participated.