Delhi fails to avail central assistance of Rs.1, 130 crore for infra projects
Delhi topped the list of under users having failed to avail central assistance of Rs.1,130 crore as against the committed assistance of Rs. 2,327 crore under the component for improvement of infrastructure and other projects in 65 identified big cities, said Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Development.
This amounted to only 49.00 per cent utilization of the committed central assistance. Other under performers included – Goa with only 25% utilization of central assistance, Bihar (39%), Kerala (39%), Mizoram (44%), Punjab (45%), Jharkhand (48%) and Meghalaya (50%).
Instead 668 Small and me- dium towns reported better utilization of JNNURM funds with an overall utilization of 76% of central assistance.
States and Union Territories failed to make use of committed central assistance of Rs.12,397 crore under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Shri Naidu furnished details of central assistance under JNNURM which was launched in December, 2005 and closed by the previous government on March 31, 2014.
Under JNNURM, central government committed itself to provide a total assistance of Rs.46,787 cr to states/UTs for taking up urban infrastructure/ development projects.
Release of central assistance was linked to implementation of reforms. States/UTs could avail only 73.50% of central assistance forfeiting Rs.12,397 cr.