NE gets Central Assistance worth Rs.3200 cr

Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, DEC 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/2/2018 11:28:45 AM IST

Centre has released worth Rs. 3200 crore to the North Eastern states to take up various central schemes under ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the minister of state Hardeep S Puri informed.

Reviewing the progress of Urban Missions in the North Eastern states, Puri said that construction of more than 2.3 lakh houses have been sanctioned for the Urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas yojana (PMAY-Urban) in the North Eastern States during the last four years.  About 1.16 lakh houses have already been grounded for construction, he added.

He said that this approval needed to be seen in the context of 26,041 houses which were sanctioned during ten years between 2004-14 under JNNURM and Rajiv Awas Yojana. 

Out of the houses sanctioned during 2004-14, only 21,159 houses were constructed and the remaining 4892 houses were under construction. 

Puri informed that Central Assistance amounting to Rs 3570 crore had been sanctioned and Rs 1520 crore released during the last four years as against Rs 683 crore sanctioned and Rs 586 crore released during 2004-2014. 

Puri also informed that the entire State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) for the North East region envisaging an investment of Rs 1506.62 crore has been approved. 

While projects worth Rs 332 crore was under implementation, projects worth Rs 21.37 crore have been completed so far, he said. 

For Smart City Mission, he said Rs 1024 crore worth of Central assistance was already released to the North Eastern states.

Centre has also proposed the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), considered as the ‘brain’ of a city, integrating all utilities and services through digital technology. 

An Integrated Command and Control Centre developed in a cloud based system for the North Eastern cities would have the advantage of lowering the cost of development, faster deployment and peer to peer learning among cities. 

For this, he said the MoU has been signed with BEL to facilitate in the development of a cloud based Integrated Command and Control Centre system in the cities of Imphal, Itanagar, Pasighat, Kohima, Namchi, Gangtok and Shillong.

As regards Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM-U) Urban, the states of Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim and Nagaland been declared ODF status, he added. 

The minister was optimistic that the entire North East region will achieve ODF by January 2019.

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