In an unexpected finale to their keenness to have a bigger say on 2010 Commonwealth Games-related projects, all four members of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) team, led by chief Charles Correa, put in their papers on Wednesday. This was ostensibly done as a mark of protest against the growing suggestions from Delhi government that they were to be blamed for the delays in the projects.

The Union Ministry of Urban Development has chalked out a quality bus system plan, under which the bus rapid transit system project has started in eight cities

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.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development, has embarked on a Benchmarking and Water Utilities Data Book Project for 20 selected water utilities in India. These 20 utilities include 15 municipal corporations, two city boards, a municipal council, a local autonomous body and a private operator.

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 Centre wil push for the use of solar power in all new government buildings, said the Union minister for urban development, Mr S. Jaipal Reddy.

The State government will buy 850 MW of power for two months from March 1 to mitigate the power shortage in the State, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa announced in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference, Yeddyurappa said the gap between the demand and supply of power exceeded nine million units per day as on Tuesday.