Special Correspondent

They will make suggestions for the City Development Plan under JNNURM

MYSORE: Terming the City Development Plan for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) prepared by the Infrastructure Development Corporation Karnataka (iDECK) as "bogus" and based on "dubious data", citizens' groups here have decided to constitute six expert committees to submit fresh suggestions.

This was decided at a meeting of voluntary bodies and individuals here on Tuesday. They chalked out their course of action to ensure public participation in the JNNURM exercise.

Expressing surprise over the claims of the iDECK report that 25 public meetings had been held, the NGOs contended that not one meeting was held barring the inaugural meet to apprise the public of JNNURM and its objectives. The six committees identified by the citizens pertain to water and sewerage, tourism and heritage, transportation, slum development and finance, administrative aspects of JNNURM, and solid waste management.

The citizens' response to the JNNURM exercise stems from the ADB experience under which nearly Rs.130 crore was sanctioned for infrastructure development of Mysore by the Asian Development Bank.

Though NGOs in the city sought greater transparency and public participation, the authorities rebuffed them and the funds were spent on projects that yielded little results.

The preliminary meeting was attended by the members of the Tax Payers' Federation, Mysore Grahakara Parishat, Public Cause, staff of the SJ College of Engineering, Centre for Appropriate Rural Technologies, and Institute of Architects, Mysore centre, among others.