Orissa govt demands more funds for local bodies
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 23:47
Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government on Tuesday demanded that central funds for local bodies be hiked to Rs 1,000 crore and also sought inclusion of Cuttack city under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who met Union Urban Development minister S Jaipal Reddy in New Delhi, demanded that the allocation, which was only Rs.181.79 crore for 101 local bodies in Orissa, be enhanced to Rs.1000 crore.

He said the more funds were required as the state was implementing key urban reforms and projects sanctioned under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns.

Referring to JNNURM, Patnaik said only two cities in Orissa, Bhubaneswar and Puri, have been included under it, while the Integrated Sewerage Project and Conservation of Bindusagar Project has been taken up in Bhubaneswar.

Patnaik asked the Centre to take steps for inclusion of Cuttack also under the JNNURM, sources in the chief minister's office here said.

He requested Reddy for early release of first instalment of the central share for 12 drinking water supply projects sanctioned and second instalment for five ongoing road projects in Cuttack, water bodies restoration projects in Cuttack and Berhampur towns and water supply projects in Sambalpur and Koraput towns.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 23:47

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