New Delhi, Dec. 30, 2013: Government spending of over Rs 46,000 crore on infrastructure augmentation under UPA's flagship JNNURM scheme seems to have improved key indicators of urban life in India and reached the poorest of poor.
The recent National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data shows that over 90% of slumdwellers feel water drainage, sewerage and garbage collection and disposal have improved. The NSSO also said 24% of slums had benefited from welfare schemes such as JNNURM and Rajiv Awas Yojana.
The NSSO data also claims that 95.3% people living in urban areas felt significant improvement in water supply in the past five years while at least 89% said that they were getting adequate drinking water supply. Similarly, the survey showed 82.5% urban households acknowledging improvement in drainage and about 76% having access to some sort of garbage disposal system in cities and towns.
The JNNURM has two major schemes — urban infrastructure and governance (UIG) for 65 mission cities and urban infrastructure development for small and medium towns (UIDSSMT). The works undertaken under these schemes include projects in transport and services like water supply, sewerage, drainage and solid waste management.
According to the latest data released by the urban development ministry, out of 539 UIG projects sanctioned between March 2005 and March 2012, at least 217 have been completed till November. Similarly, 322 projects were in a stage of completion. Out of 806 UIDSSMT projects sanctioned, 413 have been physically completed.
The ministry claimed that the highest number of 215 projects under these two schemes were completed in the current financial year. "Completion of more projects across cities and towns will improve living conditions further," said a ministry official. (Source: Dipak Kumar Dash,TNN)