By Accommodation Times News Services
Seeking to improve basic infrastructure in urban areas, the Ministry of Urban Development today approved an investment of Rs.3,120 cr for enhancing water supply, sewerage network services, storm water drains, non-motorised transport and availability of public spaces in 102 cities, under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
An inter-ministerial Apex Committee chaired by Shri Madhusudhan Prasad, Secretary(Urban Development) approved State level Annual Action Plans for 2015-16 with an investment of Rs.438 cr for Haryana which has 18 Amrut cities, Rs.573 cr for Chattisgarh (9 cities), Rs.416 cr for Telangana (12 cities), Rs.588 cr for Kerala (9 cities) and Rs.1,105 cr for West Bengal which has 54 Atal Mission cities.
Total investment in water supply projects in 58 mission states will be Rs.2,386 cr, sewerage projects-Rs. 495 cr in 17 cities, Storm water drains- Rs.106 cr in 9 cities, Urban transport-Rs.61 cr in 9 cities and Rs.72 cr for development of parks and green spaces in all the 102 cities
The Apex Committee approved investments in different basic urban infrastructure areas as proposed by respective state governments. Ministry of Urban Development will provide an assistance of Rs.1,540 cr which is about 50% of total project expenditure approved today.
With today’s approvals, the Ministry has so far cleared a total investment of Rs.11,654 cr in 272 Atal Mission cities for improving infrastructure for ensuring water and sewerage connections to all households in Atal Mission cities besides enabling water supply as per the norm of 135 litres per capita per day for urban areas etc.
At present only about 50% of urban households are provided with water connections and water supply is about 75 lpcd. Availability of sewerage connections is very low. Atal Mission seeks to bridge this deficit.