‘Urban renewal mission to be extended by 2 yrs’

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 15:28

New Delhi: Government today said that it was
considering extending its urban renewal scheme by two years to
enable completion of projects undertaken across the country.

"We are considering to extend the Jawaharlal Nehru
National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) by two years," Urban
Development Minister Kamal Nath said the Lok Sabha during
Question Hour.

He said the second phase of the JNNURM was in preparatory
stage and new projects would be taken up after its launch.

"157 projects accounting for a total investment of Rs
20,478.63 crore have been sanctioned under the Urban
Infrastructure and Governance component of the JNNURM which
covers 65 identified cities," Nath said referring to
implementation of water supply schemes.

He said under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme
for Small and Medium Towns component, 438 projects accounting
for a total investment of Rs 8,412.36 crore have been
sanctioned.

Nath said five projects accounting for a total investment
of Rs 235.26 crore have been sanctioned under the Urban
Development Scheme for Satellite Towns.

In reply to another supplementary, Minister of State for
Urban Development Saugata Roy said the Centre has no plan to
set up more reverse osmosis desalination plants to meet
drinking water requirements as it was a costly proposition.

He said Rs 871 crore has been sanctioned for
implementation of a 100 MLD sea water reverse osmosis
technology based desalination plant at Nemmeli for Chennai
city.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 15:28

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