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Rs 1371 Cr central plan to pep up NE infra
Published on 2 Nov. 2010 1:31 AM IST
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The government of India will pump in Rs 1371 crore in the next five years for implementing North Eastern Region Urban Development Program (NERUDP) to improve the urban infrastructure and connectivity in the region, the union minister of state for urban development Saugata Roy said here.
The NERUDP is aimed at improving infrastructure of five capital cities of the region— Agartala, Aizwal, Gangtok, Kohima and Shillong. The project being taken up with the financial and technical support from Asian Development Bank (ADB) covers priority urban services of water supply, sewerage and sanitation, solid waste management and also institutional and financial reforms.
“The Northeast is still lagging behind in infrastructure compared to other parts and the center recognizes that the cities of the region need greater support for provision of basic urban infrastructure and amenities to enable them to grow into evermore vibrant cities.
The NERUDP is a significant project for the region and over the next five years the program will pump a total of Rs. 1371 crore,” Roy said at the Northeast Urban Infracon, 2010 here.
The NERUDP focuses on strengthening urban infrastructure and enhancing capacity of local municipal bodies to make them capable of planning and implementing infrastructure projects in capital cities of the Northeast states. The capital cities of NE states account for more than 60 per cent of the state’s total urban population. The urban infrastructure and services are grossly inadequate in these cities. Piped water is available for a few hours a day in most of the cities. Only 30-50 per cent of solid waste generated is collected and there is little or no provision for collection and disposal of hazardous waste.
The urban roads are in poor condition, road networks and parking spaces are insufficient to meet the demands of current traffic volumes. Drainage is a critical issue in most of the cities of the region and most of them are vulnerable to landslides. Lack of physical infrastructure coupled with limited developable land has further constrained development, the Minister pointed out. Reiterating the center’s commitment for Northeast development, Roy said the center allocation of funds for the region was close to Rs16, 000 crore during the 2009-10.

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