Centre clears first batch of AMRUT projects for 89 cities

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New Delhi, Oct 24: Union Urban Development Ministry has approved the first batch of state level Action Plans under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) aimed at enabling water supply as per the norm and providing water supply and sewerage connections to all urban households.

An inter-ministerial Apex Committee of AMRUT chaired by Urban Development Secretary Madhusudan Prasad cleared plans worth Rs.2,786.28 crore in this regard for 89 cities in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan on Thursday.

This is for the first time that the Urban Development Ministry approved state level plans unlike the past practice of appraising and approving individual projects.

The approved Action Plans have a total of 143 projects in 89 AMRUT cities in these three states.

These include 47 schemes relating to ensuring water supply connections and augmenting water supply and 31 projects for expanding sewerage network services in identified cities and towns.

Sewarage projects got a lion share of Rs.1,471.07cr followed by Rs.1,225 crore for water supply related schemes.

The Apex Committee of AMRUT approved State Annual Action Plans (SAAP) for the three states for 2015-16. Gujarat proposed SAAP entailing an investment of Rs.1,204.42crore followed by Rajasthan –Rs.919 crore and Andhra Pradesh proposing an investment of Rs.662.86 crore.

Under the SAAP approved, Gujarat will take up sewerage projects in 25 AMRUT cities at a cost of Rs.916 crore and water supply schemes in 11 cities with an investment of Rs.233.65 crore.

Rajasthan will take up sewerage schemes in 6 cities at a cost of Rs.555 crore and water supply projects in 10 cities at a cost of Rs.344 crore.

Andhra Pradesh will focus on water supply in 26 AMRUT cities at a cost of Rs.646.29 crore and provision of green spaces and parks in 30 cities at a cost of Rs.16.57 crore.

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