The Government (Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India) has extended the period of JNNURM for 2 more years for completion of ongoing projects/ reforms . It has further approved sanctioning of new projects upto 31.03.2014 as a transitional phase. JnNURM completed its normal tenure of 7 years on 31st March, 2012.
The provision of basic amenities like water supply, sewerage, drainage and toilet facilities has not been able to keep pace in the cities with the increase in population due to rapid urbanization.
According to the 2011 Census, the urban population grew to 377 million showing average growth rate of 2.76% per annum during 2001-2011. The level of urbanisation in the country as a whole increased from 27.7% in 2001 to 31.1% in 2011 an increase of 3.4 percentage points during 2001-2011, compared to an increase of 2.1 percentage points during 1991-2001.
The Central Government (Ministry of Urban Development ) provides assistance to State Governments for improvement of basic amenities in cities / towns. The schemes being run by the Ministry of Urban Development for the augmentation of the basic amenities in the urban include Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM): JnNURM ,Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), Urban Infrastructure Development in Satellite Towns (UIDSST), North Eastern Region Urban Development Programme (NERUDP), Lump-sum Provision Scheme for North Eastern Region including Sikkim.