And Christmas brought some very good news from NMMC. The Commissioner informed the standing committee members that he has the state have given its formal approval to all the projects that NMMC presented for funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Now the corporation is expecting the center’s approval for the same in a month’s time.The highlight of this week’s Standing Committee meet was the latest update from the projects being submitted under the JNNURM. The Commissioner Vijay Nahata informed the members that the 5 pending projects of NMMC were given the go-ahead by the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in a recent meeting at Nagpur. The meeting was urgently called prior to the Chief Minister meeting the central government officials on December 28. NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata gave an insight to the Standing Committee members about the various projects that they will undertake with the JNNURM funds in Navi Mumbai. Speaking to the media later, he informed that the proposals include construction of underground storm water drain for Rs. 430 Cr, another for making three new STPs in CBD, KK and Sanpada and concretization and beautification of open nallahs for Rs. 437 Cr.Another project that has been approved by the state government to be sent to the center for JNNURM funds include 5 flyovers on Palm Beach for Rs. 458 Cr. The NMMC has also drafted one project for total computerization of NMMC systems.The projects also include one on solid waste management. The state government has approved the projects that will help NMMC get funds amounting to nearly Rs. 1400 Crore. In this 35% will be given by the center, 15% by the state and the rest will managed by NMMC. For its share, NMMC has applied for loans from MMRDA. The Commissioner voiced confidence in the Standing Committee of getting the center’s final approval to their projects in a months’ time and completing the projects in a period of two years. NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik congratulated Commissioner Vijay Nahata for getting the state’s sanction for all the proposed projects under the JNNURM.