Rajya Sabha

December 10, 2014

Nadimul Haque slams the Centre for the non-release of JNNURM funds for West Bengal | Transcript

Trinamool MP Nadimul Haque today made a Special Mention in Rajya Sabha on the non-release of funds for urban development projects in Kolkata.

Full transcript of his speech:

I would like to say that no funds have been allocated for the urban development projects in the State of West Bengal. There are many projects pending in the State because the Central Government has not sanctioned funds for them despite a sanction given by the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee.

The following projects were undertaken in the transition phase of JNNURM:

  • Construction of flyover from Diamond Harbour Road to Ramnagar More in Garden Reach
  • Renovation of the 9 Mg-capacity, century-old, overhead balancing steel reservoir in the Tala Tank
  • Augmentation of the existing water supply scheme in Uluberia
  • Strengthening the primary and secondary waste management System in Kolkata city

Apart from these, according to reports of the CEO of the KMDA, projects worth Rs 1,520 crore have not been considered despite DPRs being ready or funds being sanctioned by the Central Sanctuoning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC). Funds have not been released. It is a fact that the JNNURM scheme has expired but it was decided earlier that the projects undertaken in the transition phase of the scheme will be completed.

It seems that now the Central Government is not willing to complete all such projects initiated by the State. By not sanctioning and releasing money for such vital projects, the people of West Bengal are being the ultimate sufferers, and this is unacceptable to me and my party, the All India Trinamool Congress.

Under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal is continually progressing, and such non-cooperation by the Central Government would only create hurdles in the path of development. So, I demand of the Ministry of Urban Development and the Government of India for the approval and the release of funds for the aforesaid projects.

Thank you.