Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M.Venkaiah Naidu, delivering a blunt message to urban local bodies, has urged them 'either to perform or perish' in the new scheme of things.
Naidu on noticing that the Vijayawada urban body could spend only about 44% of its committed share for implementing various JNNURM projects, resulting in under performance, said, "This kind of urban governance will not enable the country convert the challenges of urbanization into an opportunity."
The minister further said that the central government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has identified urban development as a priority sector and state/UT governments and urban local bodies have to "opt for a paradigm shift in urban governance".
Venkaiah Naidu also voiced serious concern over VMC being able to complete only six of the 20 projects sanctioned to it under JNNURM that was implemented during 2005-2014.
Venkaiah Naidu has been visiting various states for discussions on issues of urban governance, implementation of urban development programmes and empowering urban local bodies with transfer of 'funds, functions and functionaries'.