M'lore may come under JnNURM: Sorake

'Second phase of Kudcemp work will deal with water supply'

M'lore may come under JnNURM: Sorake

The urban development department is pursuing the proposal to include Mangalore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), said Urban Development Minister Vinaya Kumar Sorake.

Chairing a meeting to review the progress of various development work in the Mangalore City Corporation on Monday, he said with the Central government lifting the population criterion from the newly framed criteria for making II tier cities eligible for funds under the JnNRUM, chances are high for Mangalore to be included under the Mission. “I have already discussed the issue with Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath and UD Secretary and they have promised of considering the proposal on priority basis. Along with Mangalore, even other II tier cities too have been added in the proposal,” he said.

The earlier eligible criterion for a II tier city to be included under JnNURM was population exceeding 10 lakh.

II Phase

Sorake also announced of implementing the second phase of the work under Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environment Management Project (Kudcemp) in Mangalore city to meet the water supply and underground drainage requirements.

The department will ensure the implementation of second phase of work under  Kudcemp as the requirements specially pertaining to water and UGD has not been met during the implementation of work under first phase of KUDCEMP, he said.
Under the first phase project funded by Asian Development Bank, work on underground drainage (355 km sewage network) was taken up in the city of which 98 per cent of the work has been completed, claim the officials.

Greater Mangalore

Responding to the demands for Greater Mangalore, the Minister said that he has received requests from Mangalore, Mangalore North and Moodbidri MLAs to include some parts of their constituencies to Mangalore city under Greater Mangalore project. The decision can be taken after holding discussions with the respective town municipal and panchayat members.

“There is a provision to develop the outskirts under Land Transport Authority. In fact, the LTA has been asked to prepare a plan for developing a 20 km corridor connecting Mulki and Ullal on the lines of Hubli-Dharwad corridor. The project can include construction of fly overs to avoid the traffic congestion,” Sorake said.

Speaking on inter-city corporation transfers, the Minister said the issue which was earlier in the court has been resolved now. The process of making necessary arrangements to introduce the transfers will begin this month. Unhappy over the implementation of Vajpayee Housing and site distribution scheme, Sorake asked the officials to take steps to distribute sites for the beneficiaries, rather than providing them G+2 category flats. He also directed the revenue officials to take immediate steps to distribute title deeds to slum dwellers in the city who are residing in Bengre and other wards for over five years.

MLAs J R Lobo, Mohiuddin Bava, MLC Monappa Bhandary, Deputy Commissioner N Prakash were present.

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