More Funds for Infrastructure Development, Farmers

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More Funds for Infrastructure Development, Farmers
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Allocation for the government's flagship programme for urban infrastructure development has been raised to Rs 12,887 crore in 2009-10, marking an increase of 87 per cent over the previous year.

Presenting the Union Budget in Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the allocation for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has been increased keeping in mind the importance of urban infrastructure development.

He said to improve the lot of the urban poor, allocation for housing and provision of basic amenities to them has been enhanced to Rs 3,973 crore.

This includes provision for the Rajiv Awaas Yojana, a scheme announced by President Pratibha Patil in her address to the joint sitting of Parliament last month.

The allocation for the Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programmes has been pegged at Rs 2,080 crore, marking a steep increase of 160 per cent over last year.

While the allocation for Railways has been increased from Rs 10,800 crore made in the Interim Budget to Rs 15,800 crore, that for the National Highway Authority of India for National Highway Development Programme has been raised by 23 per cent.

To expedite the completion of the Brihan Mumbai Storm Water Drainage Project, Rs 500 crore has been earmarked in the Union Budget, which is Rs 300 crore higher than that in the Interim Budget.

The total budgetary support for rural roads for 2009-10 will be Rs 12,000 crore, out of which Rs 1,067 crore has been earmarked for the north-eastern region and Sikkim.

This is an increase of 59 per cent from the allocation in 2008-09.

Rural roads have been identified as one of the six components of Bharat Nirman which seeks to provide connectivity, with an all-weather road by 2009 to all villages having a population of 1,000 or 500 in case of hilly or tribal areas.

To achieve the targets of Bharat Nirman, 1,46,185 km of road is proposed to be constructed by 2009 to benefit 59,564 unconnected eligible habitations in the country.

To ensure full farm-to-market connectivity, it is proposed to upgrade 1,94,132 km of existing routes at a cost of Rs 48,000 crore.

Besides, an allocation of Rs 6,500 crore has been made as loan for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
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