HUBLI: Union minister S Jaipal Reddy has assured a delegation led by the mayor of Hubli Dharwad, Veeranna Savadi that the twin cities will be included in the JnNURM project in the next financial year.
"Reddy has assured us that all cities that have a population of five lakh or more will be brought under the scheme by next year. Mangalore, Hubli Dharwad and Belgaum have a population of more than five lakhs and we are hopeful these cities will be included,'' Savadi told reporters here on Saturday. The union minister said they will consider including 29 cities under the scheme next year.
Bangalore and Mysore are already covered under the scheme. HDMC will construct a large super market in Dharwad at the cost of around Rs 5 crore. This will have around 1,000 shops. These will be rented out to petty shop owners and to farmers who sell fresh vegetables. "If successful, we will construct similar markets in Hubli,'' Savadi said.