Lucknow: The largest state of Uttar Pradesh is likely to bear the brunt of the Central government for its sluggishness in implementation of urban development plans.

According to reports, the Centre is sparing funds for the other states’ urban plans, but the funds allocated for Uttar Pradesh is being blocked. If the same situation persists and the state fails to implement the development plans, the Centre may hold back entire allocated amount of Rs 300 crore. Notably, the Centre has blocked the fund worth Rs 150 crore allotted for the development of the state.

In accordance with the Constitutional Amendment in 12th Schedule, the state has not delegated duties to the local bodies. Although the condition of the city municipal bodies is in shambles, no decision has been taken to constitute Metropolitan Planning Committee. For instance, till date Mathura city municipality has failed to implement any improvement plans in its urban areas.

The city municipalities have also not been able to obtain full payment of water supply and garbage disposal in Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut and Varanasi and have not covered 85 percent properties within its circle. Also, no improvements have been made at the administrative and organisation level. Except Kanpur, no amendments have been made in construction laws in the state.

To induce transparency in the functioning of the local bodies and to provide better facilities to the citizens, the Centre had started Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in 2005. Under the programme, infrastructure development and basic needs to the urban poor have to be provided within a period of seven years. 

The Centre had promised to bear 50 percent to 80 percent of the development cost which would be invested in the development programmes till 2012. The Centre has even taken an undertaking from the states for the fulfillment of the development projects in time. However, Uttar Pradesh has failed to give any kind of assurance, forcing the Centre to block the allocated amount for the development.

Meanwhile, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal have already started implementing the development works. And the cities like Pune, Surat, Greater Mumbai and Chennai have also taken the initiative to implement the compulsory amendments.