• Centre to fund incomplete projects of JNURM

    The Centre will fund all incomplete projects approved under the phased-out JNURM during 2005-12 in which 50 per cent finances have been released and progress achieved, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was told at a meeting held here today.

    The funding will be done under the newly-launched Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), she was told by officials at the meeting.

    Launched in 2015-16, the total allocation for J&K for the AMRUT mission for the period of five years is Rs 744 crore.

    At the meeting on urban development, Mehbooba asked policymakers to think out-of-box to address emerging challenges of urbanization in the state as she underlined the need for proper planning and management to ensure planned development, basic amenities and a decent urban life to its people.

    Expressing concern over the present state of urban planning and management, the Chief Minister called for a systemic overhaul and suggested a series of measures to provide efficient infrastructure,solid waste management and building capacities of municipalities so that the minimum service guarantees to the people are provided in a hassle-free manner. Derrick Thomas Jersey

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