Kochi is racing against time to grab its share from the additional resources available with the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
The Centre had recently announced that additional funds to the tune of Rs. 6000 crore would be released to the Mission. It will be on first-come-first-served basis that the resources will be allotted. The Mission cities the need to submit Detailed Project Report (DPR) as prescribed by the Mission for getting extra funds.
A meeting convened by the Local Self Government Department recently had urged the city administrators to complete the formalities for taping the additional financial aid for various projects. It was also suggested at the meeting that projects that could be implemented in a time-bound manner should be given priority in this phase.
The city administrators had earlier decided to seek funds for flyovers, water supply and drainage projects. However, the Public Works Department had expressed surprise at the decision of the corporation council and made public its intentions to go ahead with the flyover projects in the city. The council decision had also triggered a war of words between PWD Minister V.K. Ibrahim Kunju and Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany.
Making the stand of the civic body clear in the construction of flyovers at Kundannoor, Kalamassery, Vyttila and Palarivattom, Mr. Chammany said the civic body was keen on bringing more infrastructure projects to the city.
If the government intends to build the flyovers through PWD, the civic body would be happy to play its role as a facilitator for channeling funds as mission funds were allotted to cities. The Kochi Corporation was open to any suggestion from the State government in this regard, he said.