Jaipal Reddy to Inaugurate National Conference on JNNURM and Urban Mobility amid collapsing JNNURM mission and PPPs
Shri S. Jaipal Reddy, Union Minster for Urban Development will inaugurate a mega Conference-cum-Exhibition on Urban Mobility and JNNURM on 3rd December 2008 at Pragati Maidan, Hall No. 7. The aim of this Conference-cum-Exhibition is to bring all technology and service providers from India and abroad in all the fields of Urban Transport Planning from Pedestrians, Non-Motorised Transport, Metro, Bus, BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System), LRT (Light Rail Transit), Trams, Inland Water Transport, Ropeways, Parking and the ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) so as to bring together all the policy makers, practitioners and officials of national and international level (from Singapore, Germany, Brazil, Italy, etc.) at one platform to exchange and benefit with the experience, development of each other for better transportation planning. This will go a long way not only in dissemination of information but also in capacity building at various levels. Ministry of Urban Development had decided that from the year 2008, a mega Conference-cum-Exhibition on Urban Mobility be organized by the Ministry at New Delhi every year coinciding with the anniversary of the launch of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), 3rd December, 2005. This year the Conference-cum-Exhibition is being organized from 3rd to 5th December Dr. M. Ramachandran, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development told to Media Persons at a briefing, here today.
Dr. M. Ramachandran informed that Ministry has decided to give awards for performing best in the field of urban transport by various agencies of State Governments / UTs / Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). It has also been decided to recognize the efforts of some agencies who have made considerable contribution towards implementation of various aspects of NUTP, 2006 by way of Special Awards.
The Conference will have panel discussions with eminent national and international authorities / experts, on various subjects relating to urban mobility such as Comprehensive Mobility Planning, Land Use – Transport Integration, PPP Mode in Urban Transport, PPP in Guided Mass Transit Systems as sustainable options for urban mobility, Best Practices in Organising Para-Transit and Travel Demand Management, Best Practices in Promoting Non-Motorised Transport, Planning Feeder Systems for Mass Transit, Climate Change And Opportunities for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in urban transport, Innovative Financing for Urban Transport, Use of Intelligent Transport Systems and Institutional Arrangements. Besides this an exhibition showing the progress made in the field of urban transport will also be organised in Hall No. 6 at Pragati Maidan.
Briefing the Press on JNNURM, the Secretary mentioned that the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has accelerated growth in the selected 63 Mission cities spread all over the country in mission-mode approach and aims to provide quality urban infrastructure and governance in these cities during the 7 year Mission period (2005-12). So far 365 projects have been approved with project cost of Rs. 35,801.75 crores. In all likelihood, the demand for urban infrastructure development would exceed far beyond Rs. 25,500 crores allocation for 7 years under the Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG) component of JNNURM. Another components of JNNURM is the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small & Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), which is as its name suggests, for towns & cities other than 63 Mission cities. Against the allocation of Rs. 6,400 crores during the Mission period; 691 projects in 558 towns in 23 states and two Union Territories have been sanctioned having a project cost of Rs. 8045.45 crores. A number of parallel initiatives i.e. Credit Rating of Urban local Bodies, Bench marking of Urban services, launch of Urban Sanitation Policy, National Mission Mode project on e-governance, Peer experience and Reflective Learning (PEARL), and Public Private Partnership (PPP) have been launched to sustain Mission activities.