Bevan told Gaur that the British government has given a grant of Rs 265 crore for the Madhya Pradesh Urban Services for the Poor (MPUSP) – Project Uthhan, for infrastructure development and improvement of slums of the state’s 14 municipal corporations, an official release issued here said.
Started since 2006, the project is slated to be completed by December this year.
The High Commissioner also informed that the British government will make available grant worth Rs 220 crore for the infrastructure and development of the state’s municipal corporations in the second phase, the release said.
Gaur also apprised the High Commissioner of developmental efforts taken by the state government in Bhopal and other cities of the state, it added.
According to state government authorities, the cities have been included in the scheme on the initiative of urban administration and development, minister, Babulal Gaur. With this, the number of cities included in the state has gone up to 16. Under the scheme, houses will be constructed to make cities slum-free.
Of the ten cities included in Rajiv Awas Yojna by the central government, eight cities have municipalities having over one lakh population and two municipal corporations. The newly included cities include Burhanpur, Dewas, Khandwa, Ratlam, Rewa, Satna, Singrauli and Mudwara (Katni) and Neemuch and Chhindwara.
Earlier, six cities of the state were included in Rajiv Awas Yojna including Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain and Sagar. There is 50 percent Central share and 20 per cent state share in the construction of houses built for the urban poor. Remaining 30 per cent cost is borne by beneficiaries.