New Delhi: The ministry of urban development has submitted a note to the cabinet on the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). It’s likely to come up for discussion within the next few weeks.
The note emphasises the need to promote more public-private partnership projects, land monetization, and capacity building in smaller towns and cities, according to an official in the ministry who sought anonymity. The main thrust of the JNNURM II is to enable small and medium towns to improve basic services such as housing, sanitation facilities, waste management, water and transportation.
“The lack of human capacity was the single most important reason for the inability of the urban local bodies to benefit significantly from phase I of the JNNURM.” said K.C. Sivaramakrishnan, chairperson, Center for Policy Research.
“The challenge is not only to bridge the deficit but to also to build for the future,” Kamal Nath, urban development minister, said at a recent conference, adding that the central government would use the second phase to support infrastructure development in states.
The first phase, from 2005 to 2012, saw Central government approval for 559 projects worth Rs 67,000 crore in 65 mission cities, out of which 127 projects were completed, according to the data available till 31 March, when the seven-year programme officially ended. For smaller towns, a total of 808 projects were approved, out of which 142 were completed till 31 March.
The second phase is expected to roll out in the next couple of months with an allocation of nearly $38 billion.