Sikkim CM meets Venkaiah; asks for assistance to create urban infrastructure in the state

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New Delhi, November 19: In wake of developing the north eastern state of Sikkim, Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling on Wednesday met Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M.Venkaiah Naidu and discussed issues pertaining to urban projects under erstwhile JNNURAM in the state of Sikkim and the projects under new urban missions launched by the Government of India.
Chamling brought to the notice of the Urban Development Minister that the finances under 10% lump sum provision scheme for the Development of North Eastern Region including Sikkim, the state has not received any sanction for last two years.

The Chief Minister of Sikkim urged the Minister to look into the two proposals namely, urban infrastructure development with allied facilities at Dentam in West Sikkim & Construction of Multilevel Car Parking at Pakyong in East Sikkim which were vetted by Central Public Works Department and were pending at the MoUD level.

During the meeting, Chamling said that the state will require the assistance of the Central Ministry in order to complete the JnNURM bus funding scheme for Sikkim(Gangtok-Namchi cluster). He has also asked for further assistance of the Urban Ministry for creation of urban infrastructure in the state.

Naidu told the Chief Minister that he will get all the proposals of the State Government examined and will expedite the sanctions from his Ministry wherever possible. As far as the JnNURM projects are concerned, The Minister said that the cabinet decision of the earlier government stipulates that the cost of all the JNNURAM projects which were not completed by 31st March 2014 should be borne by the respective State governments and the Centre will not fund those projects.

The cabinet took a decision to continue supporting those projects with minimum 50% completion rate by 31st March 2014. The Minister told the Chief Minister that he will examine the bus funding scheme in the light of this cabinet decision and will try to help to the maximum extent possible.

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