JnNURM Project in Rajasthan, Cities under JnNURM

Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) is a massive city-modernisation scheme launched by the Government of India under Ministry of Urban Development. It envisages a total investment of over $20 billion over seven years. JnNURM is a huge mission which relates primarily to development in the context of urban conglomerates focusing to the Indian cities. JnNURM aims at creating ‘economically productive, efficient, equitable and responsive Cities’ by a strategy of upgrading the social and economic infrastructure in cities, provision of Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) and wide-ranging urban sector reforms to strengthen municipal governance in accordance with the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992.
JnNURM in Rajasthan: Under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), Two cities viz. Jaipur and Ajmer-Pushkar of Rajasthan have been covered. The total 7 years allocation (2005-12) for Rajasthan under UIG is Rs.598.69 crore. There are 12 projects approved for the two Mission cities in Rajasthan for a total cost of Rs.968.73 crore. The Central share committed the 12 projects is Rs.598.40 crore against which Rs.308.87 crore has been released up to January, 2009. Planning Commission has provided that all Mission cities may be given one more project with a ceiling of ACA of Rs. 100 crore for towns with Million plus population or being a State capital city and Rs. 50 crore for other Mission towns. Against the supplementary grant for 2008-09, one more project namely, BRTS Package III A and III B for Jaipur city has been approved by Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) at the meeting held on 14-01-09.
Objectives of the JNNURM are to ensure that the following are achieved in the urban sector:
(a) Focussed attention to integrated development of infrastructure services in cities covered under the Mission;
(b) Establishment of linkages between asset-creation and asset-management through a slew of reforms for long-term project sustainability;
(c) Ensuring adequate funds to meet the deficiencies in urban infrastructural services;
(d) Planned development of identified cities including peri-urban areas, outgrowths and urban corridors leading to dispersed urbanisation;
(e) Scale-up delivery of civic amenities and provision of utilities with emphasis on universal access to the urban poor;
(f) Special focus on urban renewal programme for the old city areas to reduce congestion; and
(g) Provision of basic services to the urban poor including security of tenure at affordable prices, improved housing, water supply and sanitation, and ensuring delivery of other existing universal services of the government for education, health and social security.