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JNNURM funds for Puducherry soon

Rajesh B. Nair



Rs. 203 crore sanctioned for sewerage system

Rs. 37 crore for tenements for roadside dwellers



PUDUCHERRY: The Union Government is set to release funds earmarked for the Union Territory under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for a sewerage system and slum development.

A senior official with the Town and Country Planning Department told The Hindu that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed with the Centre for taking up projects under the JNNURM scheme.

As per the guidelines for the scheme, all State Governments have to give an undertaking to implement the reform agenda as per a mutually agreed roadmap.

The reform agenda includes rationalisation of property tax, rent, water supply and land registration, the official said.

A team of officials led by Secretary, Town and Country Planning, would leave for New Delhi in a few days to sign the agreement, it was reliably learnt.

The Central Sanctioning Monitoring Committee (CSMC) had sanctioned Rs. 203 crore for laying a proper sewerage system and Rs. 37 crore to construct 1,136 tenements for people living on the roadside and on encroached land.

The two projects were among those subjects identified by the Committee constituted by the territorial administration for utilisation of funds under the JNNURM, officials said. The funds would be used to cover the left-out areas in the town to lay sewer pipes and in places in the Oulgaret Municipality limit. The Rs. 37 crore sanctioned for housing would be used to construct tenements at Lambert Saravanan Nagar in Boomianpet, they said.

The Union Territory had also sent three other proposals to be included under the JNNURM scheme. A proposal for water supply scheme at an estimated cost of Rs. 20 crore, a solid waste management programme at Rs. 45 crore and road projects for Rs. 15 crore had been send to the CSMC.

Clarifications sought

The committee had asked for certain clarifications with regard to the proposals, the officials said.

The JNNURM scheme launched by the Centre on December 3, 2005 was aimed at giving focussed attention to the integrated development of urban infrastructure development and services with emphasis on providing basic services such as housing, water supply, sanitation and slum improvement.

The Union Government would bear 80 per cent of the project cost.

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