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Mukhyamanthri Nagarothana Yojane for planned development of cities and towns

Bangalore: The infrastructure expenditure for tier-two cities and prominent towns in the State will now be under new name — Mukhyamanthri Nagarothana Yojane (MNY) — under the urban development programmes.

However, the total outlay for urban development sector for the year 2010-11 has remained at 15 per cent of the total allocation like in the previous year. The budget has earmarked Rs. 4,748.8 crore for the urban development programmes this year, which is only Rs. 165 crore more when compared with the previous year's allocation.

The budget proposes to spend about Rs 1,000 crore every year while terming the MNY scheme as a “campaign for city development” for planned development of large, medium and small towns of seven city municipal corporations, 44 city municipal councils, 94 town municipal councils and 68 town panchayats. Schemes for providing drinking water, sewerage system and road development will be taken up under this scheme.

However, for the year 2010-11, the Budget proposes to spend Rs. 600 crore under MNY.

Besides, a special scheme of providing drinking water supply to the 120 fast-growing towns has been proposed by earmarking Rs. 304 crore besides proposing to expand the 24X7 water supply scheme started on a pilot basis in Hubli, Gulbarga and Belgaum cities last year to 16 other cities in the year 2010-11.

An amount of Rs. 10 crore is being provided to establish a project development fund for preparing necessary project reports and designs for the development of infrastructure facilities in the State.

Udupi Municipal Council, from where Home Minister V.S. Acharya began his political career, will be given Rs 25 crore as a special grant on the occasion of council's platinum jubilee celebrations.

The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) will be given Rs. 5 crore for establishing a postgraduate study centre in urban development subjects.

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