Bhopal Central Chronicle – By Our Staff Reporter
1 crore = 10 million
Bhopal, April 1 Projects costing Rs. 113 crore have been sanctioned for Bhopal and Indore cities under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Four major cities of Madhya Pradesh have been selected under the Mission launched from December 2005. These include Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Ujjain.
The state government forwarded a detailed project report in a record time for Bhopal and Indore seeking financial assistance in the year 2005-06.
Of these, the central government has sanctioned Rs. 14.18 crore for expansion of pipelines to improve drinking water supply to gas relief colony. A sum of Rs. 75.04 crore has been sanctioned for rehabilitation of four slums in Bhopal. A Rs. 23.75 crore project has been sanctioned for development of Yashwant Sager in Indore city.
The Government of India has sanctioned Rs. 56.36 crore as 50 percent central assistance for these projects. A sum of Rs. 13.52 crore has already been released as the first instalment for implantation of these projects. The state government would provide 20 percent cost of these projects as state share to concerning bodies. A sum of Rs. 6 crore 38 lakh is being released as first instalment to these bodies as state share.
It may be mentioned here that Madhya Pradesh is one of the three first states of the country, which have presented city development plans for the cities selected under the Mission. Similarly, Madhya Pradesh is the first state of the country to execute a tri-partite agreement with Government of India.
Immediately after launch of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission the Urban Administration and Development Department gave top priority to city development plans of selected cities and presented it to the central government way back in January 2006.