New Delhi: Taking serious note of the snail pace progress of development work under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Rural Mission (JNNURM), the Central government is mulling over to change the funding pattern of the scheme.

In a meeting held on Thursday, the Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath gave clear signal of the government decision that the fund given to the city modernization scheme will initially be released as loans, which would be converted into grants only after fifty percent of the project is completed and that too on stipulated time.

Disappointed with the progress in development work in 65 cities under this scheme, Centre appointed a special committee under Ishar Ahuwalia. The committee submitted the report a few months back that highlighted the negligent attitude of the officials in completing the projects.

It needs to be mentioned that in a former meeting the states demanded to increase the time limit for the completion of the project, which to an extent got approval.

Meanwhile, the urban development ministry has advised the states to increase the pace of the ongoing development projects to upgrade the social and economic infrastructure.

(JPN/Bureau)