March 14, 2013 1:28:41 am
Ahead of the 2014 election,the Centre does not want to spare any chance to connect with voters,particularly in urban areas. The Urban Development Ministry has asked all states to display the logo of central scheme Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission prominently on all projects completed under it.
The Centre provides financial assistance to states and municipal bodies to build flyovers,sewage system,bus rapid transit corridors and for purchasing low-floor buses,etc,under the scheme. The logo,which is prominently visible on buses running in cities,is not as distinct on other projects funded under the scheme.
Recently,during a meeting convened by Sudhir Krishna,secretary,Urban Development,the states were asked to make an effort to display the JNNURM logo on all projects.
The UD secretary also asked the states to design,construct and provide support for rolling out sustainable models for maintenance of assets created under JNNURM. States also need to consult other states to share successful experiences and case studies to avoid reinvention. JNNURM is one of the flagship schemes of the UPA government and is presently being considered for a second phase. There has to be a brand connect and that is why the display of the logo is very important, said the official.
According to official data,two opposition-ruled states Gujarat and Karnataka have been the best performers so far by completing 59 per cent and 48.9 per cent projects under the mission,respectively.
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