Urban infrastructure projects running at slow pace: Par panel

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 19:55

New Delhi: The work for improving urban
infrastructure in many cities is going on at a slow pace, a
Parliamentary committee has said.

Expressing concern over this, the committee has suggested
that the Urban Development Ministry should work out a
judicious plan to counsel the state governments in completing
the urban sector reforms as per fixed timelines.

The Standing Committee on Urban Development headed by
JD(U) MP Sharad Yadav has also found that many states have
shown little interest in urban infrastructure projects.

The committee in its latest report has recommended that
cities having a population of 5 lakh and above need to be
urgently included in JNNURM as most of them have become
extremely congested and unlivable due to haphazard and
unplanned growth.

Dismayed over the fact that the proposal of the ministry
to include 28 such cities into JNNURM was rejected by the
Finance Ministry and the Planning Commission, it has
recommended that the ministry must pursue the matter so that
adequate funds for these cities are made available.


First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 19:55

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