Cash-strapped Khadki Cantt seeks JNNURM funds from PMC

Khadki Cantonment Board

The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) will forward a proposal to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), seeking funds under the urban modernisation scheme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM) for developmental projects within the cantonment area.

The decision was taken at the last cantonment board meeting. KCB vice-president Manish Anand said, "We will send the proposal to the PMC for funds under the central scheme. The corporation which sends the proposal to the Centre for funds under the JNNURM will add the cost of developmental works for the cantonment area in its project."

At the last meeting, the cantonment board decided that funds received under the JNNURM will be used to put in place an efficient sewerage system as well as for upgradation of the existing drainage system and laying of fresh roads. Though the neighbouring corporations have been getting funds under the JNNURM, the cantonment board has not been getting any money. The cantonment members allege that this happened as the board didn't pursue the matter seriously.

KCB member S L Kamble said the officials of the cantonment board were responsible for not getting the funds under the scheme. "The neighbouring municipal corporations are already getting the benefits under the JNNURM. The cantonment officials are responsible for the delay."

"In 2008, the board members had worked out a proposal for the JNNURM which was not pursued by the cantonment officials due to which we didn't get the funds," said Kamble.

However, Anand said earlier the cantonment board couldn't get the benefit as it was not a deemed municipality. "It was only in 2006 that we were declared a deemed municipality. Till then we couldn't have taken any benefit of the scheme. The funds under JNNURM are alloted after every six years and it is only now that we stand eligible."

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