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NEUDP to be launched in 5 NE capitals
Published on 2 Aug. 2009 11:41 PM IST
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The Union Ministry of Urban Development has announced to launch the North Eastern Urban Development Programme (NEUDP) assisted by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Agartala, Aizawl, Shillong, Gangtok and Kohima soon. Official sources said here today the five towns would get a face-lift during implementation of the first phase of the project and a total cost of Rs 1371.4 crore would help improve basic municipal services in the identified cities. The Ministry had announced the decision in recently held meeting to review implementation of projects under the provision of spending 10 per cent lump sum of the various ministries budget for Infrastructure Development in towns in Northeast. According to UNI report, the Centre was in process to expedite launching of NEUDP Phase-II covering cities in remaining three state capitals - Imphal, Itanagar and Guwahati, the officials said, adding the project would support infrastructure components of water supply, sewerage and solid waste management, besides institutional development and capacity building. In respect of solid waste management, the components would include improvement of collection efficiency in accordance with Solid Waste Handling Rules, introduction of house to house collection system, development of new disposal sites and composite plants, underground sewerage system, provision of low cost sanitation facilities, construction of sewerage treatment plants. In the water supply sector, programme activities were scheduled for completion by 2011 for Gangtok and Kohima, 2013 for Aizawl and by 2014 for Agartala. In the sewerage and sanitation sector, programme activities would be completed by 2014 and in solid waste management system, programme activities are expected to be completed by 2013 for Kohima and Agartala and by 2014 for Aizawl, Gangtok and Shillong, they underlined. The Scheme of 10 per cent lump sum provision for NE was launched in 2001-02 and 213 projects at an estimated cost of Rs 1,700 crore had been sanctioned under the scheme out of which Rs 1,080 crore was released as Central Assistance and over 40 per cent projects have been completed under the scheme so far. However, the Ministry had asked the states to expedite early completion of ongoing projects and requested them to adhere to the timelines committed by them for completion of projects.

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