Special Correspondent

Detailed Project Reports of a few schemes to be submitted to Centre by December-end

Centre will fund 80 per cent of the project cost

State Government will chip in 10 per cent

MYSORE: The city will take up 19 major projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,830 crore in the next five years.

The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has projects worth Rs. 600 crore and among the other major implementing agencies include the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA), HUDCO and the Tourism Department. The Centre will fund 80 per cent of the project cost while the State Government is expected to chip in 10 per cent. The remaining amount has to be met by the local body implementing the project. The MCC is expected to accrue a burden of Rs. 60 crore spread over five years and the Government has agreed to sanction a soft loan to meet the requirements in case of any financial constraints.

Giving an appraisal of the status of JNNURM projects in the city, MCC Commissioner K.N. Chandrashekar said here on Tuesday that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) related to the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), Outer Ring Road (ORR) and the Kabini Second Stage drinking water scheme among the 19 other projects would be submitted to the Centre by the end of December.

The authorities are confident that all the 19 DPRs will be approved by the Centre as major administrative reforms which are mandatory under JNNURM have been chalked out or are in the process of being completed. The other major projects include re-modelling of underground drainage system, revamping of drinking water distribution network, solid waste management and protection of natural bodies that includes eight lakes of Mysore. The DPR for BRTS, which is in an advanced stage of preparation, will provide high-speed reliable mass public transport system to decongest the city and wean away private vehicles. The project will have dedicated lanes for high-speed and efficient transportation and address the needs of the city which is poised for tremendous growth during the next few years.

The lakes of Mysore that will be taken up for restoration include Davloy, Kukkarahalli, Devanur, Kyatmaranahalli and Bogadi. Mr. Chandrashekar said the authorities were confident of getting approval for all the projects as they were in tune with the requirements under the JNNURM. Although the City Development Plan (CDP) had got delayed and had to be revised to give greater focus for heritage conservation, the DPRs were in line with the JNNURM requirements. In view of the importance of the JNNURM, a special cell would be established at the MCC for speedier implementation and coordination with various agencies involved, he said.