• Rs.5,534 cr investment in basic urban infra under Atal Mission approved in 6 States for 2016-17

    Ministry of Urban Development will convene annual meetings of all States and Union Territories to discuss and review at the highest level progress of urban renaissance set in motion. A decision taken in this regard by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu was today conveyed to the six States that attended the meeting of the Apex Committee convened for approving annual action plans of States under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

    Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary (UD), who is also the Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Apex Committee informed the participating States that Ministers of Urban Development and Housing of all States/UTs, Mayors and Municipal Chairpersons, Secretaries of Urban Development of States/UTs, Mission Directors and Municipal Commissioners of all 500 AMRUT cities will be attending the two day conference for taking stock of progress of urban sector reforms, implementation of new schemes etc., initiated during the last two years as a part of urban renaissance. The first such conference will be held in the next two months.

    Shri Gauba said that henceforth, the Ministry will approve States’ Annual Action Plans for the entire mission period based on which annual plans could be prepared and considered for approval before the commencement of a financial year to ensure timely execution.

    The six participating States informed the Committee that action is in progress for obtaining Credit Ratings for over 100 mission cities and the process would be completed before the end of this year.

    The Apex Committee chaired by Shri Rajiv Gauba approved a total investment of Rs.5,534 cr for providing household water taps, improving water supply, sewerage networks/septage management, storm water drains, urban transport and provision of open and green spaces in 111 Atal Mission cities in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand and Meghalaya. A total Central Assistance of Rs.2,453 cr will be given to these States.

    Under first approvals under AMRUT during the current financial year, Rs.2,126 cr will be spent on providing water supply connections to unconnected households and augmenting water supply, Rs.2,848 cr on expanding sewerage networks, Rs.140 cr on storm water drains, Rs.190 cr on urban transport and Rs.101 cr for improving open and green spaces in 111 mission cities in the six States.

    For 2016-17, approved investment in 34 mission cities of Madha Pradesh has been Rs.2,074 cr with Central assistance of Rs.862.80 cr, for 31 cities of Gujarat-Rs.1,401 cr with Central assistance of Rs.599.18 cr, for 29 cities of Rajasthan-Rs.1,120 cr with Central assistance of Rs.536 cr, for 9 cities of Odisha-Rs.531 cr with Central assistance of 265 cr, for 7 cities of Jharkhand-Rs.381 cr with Central assistance of Rs.164 cr and for the lone Mission city of Shillong in Meghalaya-Rs.26.67 cr with Central assistance of Rs.24 cr.

    These six States proposed a total investment of Rs.43,569 cr by 2019-20 under AMRUT. The proposals include : Gujarat- Rs.15,375 cr, Odisha-Rs.10,226 cr, MP-Rs.8,279 cr, Rajasthan-Rs.5,498 cr, Jharkhand-Rs.3,919 cr and Meghalaya-Rs.172 cr.

    With today’s approvals, the total investment approved for improvement of basic urban infrastructure under Atal Mission has gone up to Rs.26,416 cr with a total Central assistance of Rs.12,347 cr.

    The Apex Committee also approved release of Central assistance of Rs.520 cr for the JNNURM schemes under implementation.

    The Committee also approved release of Central assistance of Rs.20.19 cr to Meghalaya as second installment for procurement of 240 buses and Rs.4.00 cr to Maharashtra for Bus depot at Ghansoli and development of Intelligent Traffic Management System. Dion Phaneuf Jersey

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