As the implementation of Phase I of the Centre-sponsored Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in Andhra Pradesh is coming to a close by March next, the government has prepared a Rs 10,000-crore plan for Phase II for improvement of infrastructure and amenities in 14 more municipal corporations. Like under Phase I, the government is expecting an additional grant of Rs 8,000 crore for Phase II, the highest amount secured by any State. A corporation needs to have a minimum population of three lakh to be eligible for coverage under under Phase II. The 14 corporations of listed for Phase II as mission cities include Guntur, Nalgonda, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Rajahmundry and Warangal.

Following a review of Phase I works by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy here on Tuesday, Municipal Administration Minister M. Maheedhar Reddy told reporters that the Central allocation to Phase I in the State reached Rs 16,877 crore as an extra of Rs 5,000 was granted, adding to the original Rs 11,877-crore allocation. The Chief Minister instructed officials to complete the projects in Phase I at the earliest .