Staff Reporter

Union Minister says decisions will be taken on them within a month

THRISSUR: Union Minister for Urban Development S Jaipal Reddy has said that the Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation is likely to get 80 per cent of cost of any project approved under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission as grant from the Centre. The Kochi corporation will get only 50 per cent because of the high size of its population.

He was speaking to presspersons at the Kerala Institute for Local Administration (KILA), Mulankunnathukavu, near here, on Monday.

The Minister said the city development plans (CDPs) submitted by the two corporations were being appraised by agencies appointed by the Centre.

The State Government officials had informed the Centre that they were going to submit detailed project reports on the plans. Decisions would be taken on the reports within a month of receiving them, the Minister said.

He said the corporations could use the money they had got from funding agencies, such as the Asian Development Bank, as their share for the mission projects. They could also use their own funds or get assistance from the State Government.

The Minister said smaller cities and towns in the State could get aid from the Centre for development projects from a fund allocated for such urban areas. There was still time left for them to apply for the aid as Kerala was going to polls when the scheme was announced.

The Minister was here to inaugurate a workshop on the mission for Mayors and elected representatives of South Indian States at KILA.