JNNURM projects: MoD mulls 30% funding for Cantts, says minister
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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering to fund 30 per cent of the share for projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in cantonment areas, said Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh on Monday.
On a two-day visit to the city, Singh said just like the state governments fund 30 per cent for projects under JNNURM in local bodies, the MoD is considering taking up the issue of cantonments that face problems owing to state government's refusal to fund projects in cantonment limits. Under JNNURM, 50 per cent of the funds are allotted by the Central government, 30 per cent by the state government and 20 per cent are borne by the local bodies.
In December, Newsline reported that the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) has approached Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) with a proposal seeking inclusion of its projects in the revised City Development Plan (Phase II) under JNNURM. If all goes well, the MoD's proposal to fund projects will provide relief to some of the projects costing around Rs 94 crore within Pune Cantonment. The projects include sewerage management system, storm water drainage system, a sewerage treatment plant and solid waste management plant among others.
In 2009, the JNNURM scheme was extended to PCB and 27 other cantonment boards across the country. In a meeting with PCB officials, Singh said he has already discussed the issue with Union Urban Development Minister urging that all the Central government schemes be made applicable in the cantonment areas too. The Minister said process to frame policy to deal with mutations of old grant properties within the cantonments is also on.
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