Kolkata: Slamming the West Bengal government for "tardy" utilisation of funds for projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Union Minister Saugata Roy said the state would fail to utilise Central assistance if it did not submit its proposals soon.
The state has a total Central allocation of Rs 3218 crore. The Centre has already sanctioned 48 projects for West Bengal at a cost of Rs 4239 crore. Out of this, Central
assistance commitment is Rs 1575 crore which means only half of the Central assistance available has been committed, the Union Minister of State for Urban Development said.
So far the state has failed to submit adequate number of approved projects for approval. The utilisation of funds for approved projects has also been tardy, he said.
For 35 per cent projects, there has been no utilisation at all. As a result there has been little progress in some of the big infrastructure projects in Kolkata like the Vivekananda Road flyover and Park Circus to Parama Island flyover, he said.
The JNNURM is due to end in 2012 and if the state did not submit the projects soon then it will be unable to utilise Central assistance, he said.