State's first CVTC formed under JNNURM in Tirupati

The City Volunteer Technical Corps (CVTC) was formally launched in Tirupati on Wednesday under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), which was envisaged to be a panel providing effective counsel at the city level for better governance and administration.

Though Tirupati was a relatively-late entrant into the national project in the State after Hyderabad, Vizag and Vijayawada, it became the first to officially form a broad-based CVTC with members drawn from various social and professional strata. The team will work in nine thematic areas like urban governance, urban engineering, planning, poverty alleviation, urban financial services (including housing finance), urban heritage, environment, legal services and social audit/community development.

K. Bhopal Reddy, Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development called it a great attempt to channelise diverse ideas churned out from the best of brains towards the development of the city. M.P. Vasimalai, technical advisory group member of JNNURM, New Delhi, saw the need for poverty mapping on the basis of the perception of a slum, in order to facilitate micro-level planning. He also wanted banks to be brought to the reach of urban poor.

V. Swarup, national coordinator of CVTC-CG (JNNURM) spoke, while Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) Commissioner M. Janaki gave a presentation on the city development plan.