New Delhi: The efforts of Planning Commission to upgrade the basic civic amenities in urban areas are miles away from achieving the desired results. And one of the major handicaps in the process is lack of funds.

According to the Planning Commission, an annual fund of at least Rs 3,00,000 crore is required for development of infrastructure in the cities across the country.

“At least Rs 60,00,000 crore is required for the development of cities over the next 20 years, which means Rs 3,00,000 crores will be required each year,” Planning Commission said after a recently held meeting of the planning body chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

However, the ground reality is totally different.

During the entire 11th Plan period, the Ministry of Finance could not provide even one quarter of the said amount. With the Finance Ministry categorically clarifying paucity of funds, the Planning Commission has now decided to achieve the target through public-private partnership.

Over the next two decades, the population living in the urban areas is expected to inflate by at least 20 crore from 40 crore at present.

In the rural areas, the target and speed at which the schemes under Indira Awas Yojana function, it’s not difficult to estimate that the scheme is insufficient to meet the needs of house of the poor.

And as far as improving the basic amenities in the rural areas are concerned, it’s difficult to accomplish the targets due to insufficient funds. During the 11th plan period, Rs 23,000 crore has been spent in that regard.

JPN/Bureau