AMRUT has secured $ 3bn for 483 mission cities

Mon, 2016-03-28 17:52 -- SCC India Staff

The smart cities mission's sister initiative namely AMRUT, for transforming cities with population under a million, has been steadily gathering pace in providing amenities to the cities under its footprint.

The Urban Development Ministry on 24-02-2016 approved an investment of Rs 495.11 crore in 13 cities of six states under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Action Plans for 2015-16.

Out of total project cost of Rs 495.11 crore, the Centre will provide an assistance of Rs 425 crore under the mission which seeks to ensure coverage of all urban households in mission cities for augmenting water supply, sewerage network services and storm water drains, besides promoting green spaces.

With these approvals, the Urban Development Ministry has so far approved a total investment of Rs 20,491 crore
( approximately US$ 3 billion) under Atal Mission Action Plans for 483 mission cities in 26 states and UTs for 2015-16.

An inter-ministerial apex committee, chaired by Urban Development Secretary Madhusudhan Prasad, has cleared the investment plans for cities including Guwahati, Jammu, Srinagar, Panjim, Shillong, Agartala and Puducherry.

The central government approved Rs 186.27cr investment for Assam, Rs 171 core for Jammu and Kashmir, Rs 59.44 crore for Goa, Rs 36.62 crore for Tripura, Rs 22.81 crore for Meghalaya and Rs 18.97 crore for Puducherry.

Central government will bear 90 per cent of the project costs in respect of north-eastern states and Jammu and Kashmir and 100 per cent for Puducherry and 50 per cent of the cost in case of Goa.

Accordingly, for the year 2015-16, Assam will get central assistance of Rs 169.34 crore, Tripura Rs 32.96 crore, Meghalaya Rs 20.53 crore, Jammu and Kashmir Rs 153.90 crore, Goa Rs 29.72 crore and Puducherry Rs 18.97 crore.

Of the total investments approved, Rs 201.86 crore will be spent to augment water supply, Rs 116.10 crore on expanding sewerage networks and septate management, Rs 85 crore to augment urban transport with focus on non-motorized transport, Rs 77.37 crore on storm water drain projects and Rs 14.69 crore on providing green spaces.