Central government sanctioned 134 projects in 8 northeastern states.

Kumari Selja Aizawl: The Central Government has sanctioned 134 projects worth Rs 2,610 crore for poverty mitigation, development of infrastructure and providing basic services in the urban areas of 8 northeastern states, an official reports said here Sunday.

“Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), 134 projects with a cost of Rs.2,610 crore have been approved,” said union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja.

The union ministry will lay out Rs.2, 247 crore to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim for these projects. Any further cost will have to be allowed by the state governments.

The union minister addressed a 2-day northeast council on the issue. Poverty alleviation and urban development ministers and top officials of the northeastern states took part.

During deliberations, Kumari Selja made detailed presentations on the scope of diverse urban development schemes and projects.

The release said that under the Basic Services to the Urban Poor and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme, the union ministry has lately approved 59 projects worth Rs.910 crore for the northeastern states.

“All the projects would be implemented within the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-13 to 2016-2017),” the release stated.

According to the 2011 Census, 8 northeastern states have 415 cities and small towns. During her stay in Aizawl, Kumari Selja Saturday inaugurated a mini sports difficult built at a cost of Rs.6.39 crore.

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