urban-1Maharashtra’s poor record in implementing various projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission could see the state receiving less funds under the scheme this year compared to previous years. Details with this report. Sources in Mantralaya inform that the Union Budget is not expected to make allocations for specific JNNURM projects. It will only earmark a corpus for the scheme to be distributed among all states in the next fiscal year. And Maharashtra’s share may not be as big as it has been in the previous years. If these fears come true, Maharashtra and Mumbai in particular stand to lose a lot. Between 2006 and 2010, the Centre has released around Rs 2,687 Crore to the state. The state government has released Rs 710 crore of its total share to the urban agencies. While the state government and urban agencies have had an impressive performance in utilisation of funds, project delays have seriously hampered JNNURM in Maharashtra. Of the 92 projects approved, only five have been completed and another 16 are in various stages of completion. Only four projects are ahead of their schedule while 18 are being executed on schedule. Shockingly enough, 30 projects have been delayed by more than 12 months and another 19 by 6-12 months. Again, only 25 approved projects have made 100% utilization of funds and another 18 have used between 70% and 99% of their released funds. The state has as many 25 JNNURM projects that have not claimed a single installment of sanctioned funds. Maharashtra has been a comprehensive leader in terms of number of projects sanctioned and grants released under JNNURM. But execution has not been up to the standards. This could create a hurdle in getting new projects approved. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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