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Construction : Web Exclusive | December 2012 | Source : Construction Update

Minister clarifies on JNNURM scheme

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was launched on 3rd December, 2005 with the objective of reforms driven and fast track development of cities across the country, with focus on bringing about efficiency in urban infrastructure, service delivery mechanisms, community participation and accountability of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Parastatal agencies towards citizens.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Urban Development Smt. Deepa Dasmunshi in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha. It has two components, namely, the Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG) and the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT). 65 Cities based on population as per 2001 census are covered under the Urban Infrastructure & Governance (UIG) component of JNNURM.

JNNURM is a reform linked Scheme for provisioning of urban infrastructure and services in urban centers. In this, the second and subsequent installment of ACA is released for projects subject to utilization of 70 percent of grants and achievement of reforms according to the timelines agreed to by the states and local bodies. Owing to reasons of non-completion of reforms as per committed time lines in the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed by the state governments, 10 percent of ACA has been withheld as per schemes stipulation while releasing the second or subsequent installment of ACA for the projects which the state can get reimbursed upon completion of reforms.

The mission has completed its normal tenure on March 2012. Extension of two years has been given for completion of ongoing projects and reforms only till March 2014.

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