Implementation of JNNURM in a mess, says CAG, hints scheme too big for Centre's bureaucrats

JNNURM

Only 22 of the 1,517 housing projects approved under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission were completed by the due date of March 2011, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has stated, while noting that the ministries of central government were "not equipped" to monitor a project of this magnitude.

The report, which was tabled in the Parliament today, also observed that a crucial objective of bringing about reforms in the governance of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) could not be achieved through the scheme.

"We observed that a total of 1,517 and 1,998 housing and infrastructure projects respectively were approved for implementation between 2005 and 2011.

However, as on 31 March 2011, in respect of the housing projects, only 22 of the 1517 approved projects were completed," the CAG report said.

"The status of dwelling units within these housing projects was only marginally better but remained low as only 26 per cent of approved dwelling units had been completed.

In respect of urban infrastructure projects, we observed that out of the 1,298 projects approved, only 231 projects (18 per cent) were completed," the report stated.

The JNNURM is a central government scheme which is implemented by the ministries of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation with an aim to improve infrastructure and governance in Indian cities.

In the report, the CAG stated that the ministries of the central government were not equipped to monitor a project of JNNURM's magnitude.

Only 11 out of 216 sample projects selected by it for the period 2005-06 to 2010-11 had been completed and also referred to "various deficiencies" that it found in the implementation of these projects, the report stated.

"This included deficient preparation and appraisal of detailed projects, non availability of land, escalation in costs, change in design and scope etc.

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