AHMEDABAD: Gujarat was given Rs 2,578.81 crore between 2005 and 2012, under the urban infrastructure and governance (UIG) sub-mission of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). This was over 8% of the total allocation of Rs 31,500 crore.
Minister of state for urban development Deepa Dasmunshi gave this information in response to a query by Gujarat Rajya Sabha member Natuji Thakor.
The minister elaborated, "Under urban infrastructure development scheme for small and medium towns (UIDSSMT), overall allocation for Gujarat for 2005-12 is Rs 351.82 crore, which is more than 3% of the total allocation (Rs 11,400 crore)."
Under UIDSSMT, 52 projects have been approved for various towns and cities in the state, with an approved cost of Rs 438.14 crore and additional central assistance (ACA) commitment of Rs 350.51 crore. So far, 35 projects have been reported physically complete in Gujarat, the minister said.
She added that in the transition phase, when JNNURM was extended by two years, six projects were approved for Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat, at an approved cost of Rs 282.16 crore and an ACA commitment of Rs 131.92 crore under the UIG sub-mission.
Gujarat is the sixth most urbanized state in the country with 42.58% of its residents living in urban areas.