Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has directed the officials of various departments connected with Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Reforms Mission (JNNURM) to complete all the 251 projects worth Rs 11,877 crores by end of March next year by speeding up the works to get the second phase of JNNURM funds from the Centre. The Chief Minister also directed the Finance Department to release required funds to complete these projects.
It may be recalled that the JNNURM which is a seven-year Flagship reform-oriented Programme of the Centre, aims at encouraging fast-track planned development of Urban India launched in December, 2005 in the State. The Chief Minister has reviewed the JNNURM with the Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Mr M. Maheedhar Reddy, and senior officials of various departments in the Camp Office here today.
The Chief Minister asked the officials to plan properly to get clearance for the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) for the slum dwellers and the urban poor envisages a slum free India by 2014. It is proposed to achieve the goal of “Slum Free Andhra Pradesh” by 2014, all 125 Urban Local Bodies in three phases. He also directed the officials to sort out the JNNURM issues relating to Defence, Railways and National Highways Authority of India by arranging a separate meeting immediately.
The officials informed the Chief Minister that 70 out of 251 projects of JNNURM were fully completed, 120 projects completed more than 50 per cent and 56 projects were completed below 50 per cent and the remaining four projects are yet to be started. The value of work done was Rs. 7512.76 crores. Andhra Pradesh is the second highest in the country to get sanction of 251 projects costing Rs.11,877 crores. Out of 17 State reforms, 15 already completed, another one reform i.e. Rent Control Reform, the bill was introduced during recent session. The officials explained the impact of JNNURM to the Chief Minister:
On Water Supply, they told the Chief Minister that 60 lakh population has been benefited from the projects completed in 28 towns. Accrual of 685 MLD and 4.18 lakh new connections added.
On underground drainage, they said that 85 MLD was added in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada benefiting 11 lakh population and 85,000 connections were issued. They also told the Chief Minister that 142 km of CC roads were completed in four towns and 35 km of BRTS corridors were completed in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.
They said that 70 lakh population has been benefitted from completion of 395 km of Storm Water drains in eight towns, including Mission Cities of Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupathi. With regard to infrastructure in slums, they said that 16.30 lakh people have benefitted from infrastructure works (1450 km of CC Roads, 1950 km of Drains and street lighting) completed in 1379 slums. 72 community Centres completed. Besides, 1.12 lakh houses were allotted and 1.03 lakh houses completed under housing programme.
Financial Action plan worth Rs 2,426.76 crores has been drawn for 2011-12 for all the JNNURM projects in the State, they added. Under JNNURM, the APSRTC has introduced about 1,500 new buses in Mission Cities of Hyderabad,Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati.
Mr S. Vijayakumar, Secretary, MA & UD Department, Mr Sameer Sharma, Commissioner, GHMC, Mr Vishnu, Commissioner, Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation, Mr Ravi Babu, Commissioner, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, Mr Satyanarayana, Hyderabad Metro Water Works and Sewerage Board, Mr Chandrasekhar, Public Health, Mr D. Prasada Rao, Managing Director, APSRTC, and other senior officials participated in the review meeting. (NSS)