No more JNNURM funds till reforms are complete

More funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission are not likely to come in the development projects of the city till the Municipal Corporation completes the reforms suggested by the Mission.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: March 13, 2012 12:50:53 am

More funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) are not likely to come in the development projects of the city till the Municipal Corporation (MC) completes the reforms suggested by the Mission. At the moment,Rs 241 crore projects of sewerage laying are pending in various parts of the city because 25 per cent of the funds had last come in early 2010 with a condition to follow the norms for getting the next installment.

The reforms include stopping of sops like non-billing for water and sewer bills till 125 square yard area of houses,implement e-governance and much more. The MC is trying hard to make bill payments online,inter-connectivity of the various offices,online birth and death record accounts but still much more needs to be done in this direction while political compulsions are not allowing imposition of water and sewer bills on the 125 square yard and below houses.

Not only this even,waiver of interest to chronic defaulters too is being done by MC in every financial year. The Rs 241 crore project had been escalated to Rs 268.50 crore after including all the cess charges etc but the additional charges have to be born by the MC as per JNNURM rules.

Out of the total project cost,Rs 1,20.70 crore was to be given by the Centre,Rs 48.28 crore was state’s share and the remaining Rs 99.5 crore was the Municipal Corporation’s share. The Centre had sent 25 per cent of the amount,ie Rs 30.17 crore in early 2010 while the state had sent Rs 12 crore as 25 per cent of the total share in the same year.

The civic body has has spent Rs 111.84 crore till now,which is much more than the allocated share,so as to keep the project going. Sources revealed that the MC had raised these funds after taking loans at heavy interest and planned to adjust the additional amount spent by it during the release of the next installment. But not even a paise came later on.

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