Centre rejects BBMP's request for more funds

The Centre has rejected a request from the BBMP for additional funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) for remodelling storm water drains (SWD).

Instead it has asked the urban local body (ULB) to manage the additional cost by itself. The Centre has made it clear that its allocation will be limited to 35 per cent.

According to the Palike officials, the Centre has only given an in-principle administrative approval for escalating the cost to Rs 952 crore, but without any additional allocation.

This would mean that the Centre has finished its share of the allocation under the JnNURM and it is up to the State government and the Palike to manage the funds for the project, said an official of the Palike.

The BBMP had taken up the project of remodelling the SWDs seven years ago with an initial outlay of Rs 460 crore. This was later revised to Rs 643 crore and recently sent to the Centre for its sanction of an additional outlay of Rs 309 crore.

Paltry contribution

The Palike is entitled to a paltry contribution of Rs 58 crore under the JnNURM scheme from the Centre.

According to officials, the Centre is yet to release Rs 32 crore for the Kittur Rani Chennamma flyover, Rs 10 crore for the training programme to upgrade the skills of its personnel and another Rs 16 crore for an e-Governance project to be taken up by the Palike.

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