KARNATAKA

Special plan for development of Hubli-Dharwad

Staff Correspondent

DHARWAD: In a step towards developing Hubli-Dharwad on the lines of Bangalore, a special plan will be chalked out under the Jawaharlal Nehru National City Renovation Mission, which ensures limitless financial assistance, Minister for Municipal Administration S.R. Morey said here on Saturday.

Addressing presspersons here, the district-in-charge Minister said that under the programme, the Union Government will provide 80 per cent financial assistance and the rest would be borne by the State Government and the local body concerned.

Under the mission, two cities have been identified in each State for implementing comprehensive development plans, and in Karnataka Bangalore and Hubli-Dharwad have been chosen, Mr. Morey said.

The Minister expressed confidence that the efforts to make Hubli-Dharwad future information technology destination will get a boost with the implementation of the project.

He said that the work under the project will begin from January 2006 and the time limit fixed for the completion of various developmental works is seven years.

Developing slums

The project includes comprehensive development of slum areas, house construction, providing basic amenities to the poor people in the cities, proper drinking water supply, drainage facilities, solid waste management and child care centres.

The Union Minister for Urban Development will be Chairman of the Implementation Committee of the project with the Union Minister for Employment and Poverty Alleviation assisting as Vice-President.

The Secretary of the Department, Secretary of the Planning Commission, Accounts Secretary and National Technical Adviser will be members of committee with the Secretary, Urban Development, assisting as member-secretary, Mr. Morey said.

He said that at the State-level, the Chief Minister would be the Chairman of the committee with the Minister for Urban Development acting as Associate Chairman.

The Mayor of the twin cities, MPs and MLAs of the region, State Finance Secretary, Secretaries of Urban Development and Housing would be members. The Secretary of Urban Development would be member-secretary of the committee, Mr. Morey said.