Residents of Tiruvottiyur Municipality may soon be relieved of their water woes as a comprehensive water supply scheme is set to take off in a few months. The Rs.70-crore project is awaiting funds from the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The detailed project report, prepared taking into account the requirement of the local body, was recently submitted to Chennai Metrowater that would be the implementing agency for the project.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which has been under criticism for delay in executing various development projects, has however received praise from the World Bank for its rehabilitation of the project affected people (PAP). Municipal Commissioner Praveensinh Pardeshi had recently made a presentation of the PMC initiative at a meeting of all the municipal commissioners of the selected cities under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) with the World Bank officers.

The city water board has prepared a detailed project report to strengthen the supply network on the outskirts of the city at an estimated cost of Rs 3,600 crore. The idea is to provide infrastructure at par with the core city in the 12 erstwhile municipalities which were merged to form Greater Hyderabad.

The centre is the key facilitator of urban development despite it being a state subject. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), which was launched in December 2005, is the biggest driver in improving the quality of life for the target population of the 63 large cities (all million plus) covered under the mega scheme.

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was launched in December 2005 to ensure improved delivery of urban services, encourage reforms and fast track the planned development of 63 identified cities over the launch, it has succeeded in laying the foundations of efficient water supply and sanitation services in most of the mission cities.

Programmes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission hold the potential for transforming the urban water supply and sanitation sector. The mission is in its third year of implementation. Four urban service providers discuss the progress and their future plans in addition to the key to smooth implementation of the programme.

In an interview with Indian Infrastructure, M. Ramachandran, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, talked about developments in the water supply and solid waste management sectors. Among other things, he provided an insight into the issues affecting the sector, achievements made so far and private sector participation in the sector.

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has the potential to change the face of urban water supply and sanitation (UWSS) services. It proposes an ambitious set of significant reforms over a seven-year period at the local and state levels. This could alter the quality of sector service providers and of local government in general.

bangalore Municipal Corporation's road projects have hit a dead end due to non-availability of funds. The corporation had applied for Rs 7,536 crore for flyovers and grade-separator projects under

the Maharashtra government repealed the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976 on November 29 saying "the basic purpose of the act was not fulfilled'. The state government was under severe

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