Lucknow: The snail’s pace progress in the execution of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) projects in Uttar Pradesh has yet again brought the UPA government and the state government at loggerheads.

The unwarranted delay has raised the project cost manifold and neither the Centre nor the state government is willing to bear the additional expenditure. As a result, the half-completed projects have posed several problems to the people of the state.

Projects worth over Rs 10,000 crore were approved for UP under the Centre-run JNNURM launched in 2005. Under the supervision of Urban Development Department of the state, the JNNURM projects are being executed by UP Jal Nigam.

According to the Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted to the Centre, many projects are running two-three years behind the set target of their completion.
The trend of extending the project deadlines has remained a frequent feature despite the regular warnings issued by the Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Durga Shankar Mishra.

The delay in JNNURM Projects completion has raised the costs. This has caused immense trouble for the State Government as Centre is not ready to bear the increased project cost. The UP Government which is already passing through an economic doldrums is willing to partially bear the increased project cost.

(JPN/Bureau)