*18:24 IST *  Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore and Jabalpur
are the seven cities that have submitted City Development Plans (CDPs) to
the Union Urban Development Ministry so far in order to get funds under the
Jawaharlal Nehru National Renewal Mission to finance their infrastructure
development projects. These CDPs' are being sent to the National Institute
of Urban Affairs for project appraisal. After this the Mission Directorate
would examine them before finally sending them to the Central Sanctioning &
Monitoring Committee for approval.

Less than 500 crore rupees are available to take up projects under the
JNNURM during the current fiscal and some projects would receive funds
during the period. The Union government will release its 50 percent share
towards the cost only after the State contributes the other half for any
project taken up under the scheme whose ultimate aim is eradicating urban
poverty covering all the areas in the city, especially slums.

All the States have agreed to undertake mandatory reforms as the JNNURM is a
reforms linked and release of funds under it would be possible only by
bringing an appropriate legislation to fully implement the 74th amendment to
the Constitution which holds urban local bodies responsible for providing
basic civic services.

The Mission Directorate had held its workshops in seven cities recently
where it had interacted with the state officials and city authorities and
discussed various aspects in the implementation of the Mission. The one day
long workshops were held each in Lucknow, Guwahati, Jaipur, Bangalore,
Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

The seven-year Mission, launched by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on
December 3, 2005, is to develop infrastructure and alleviate poverty in
urban areas. It aims at creating economically productive, efficient,
equitable and responsive cities. It supports water supply, sewerage and
sanitation, solid waste management, road network, transport, construction of
bus and truck terminals, re-development of inner city areas, development of
heritage areas, preservation of water bodies, slum development, basic
services to urban poor and street lighting.

In the first phase, the mission will be executed in 63 cities with a
population of ten lakh, state capitals and 23 other cities of religious and
tourist importance. With an estimated provision of Rs. 50,000 crore for
seven years, the mission is the single largest central government initiative
in the urban sector.