Government Panel Approves Rs 2,786 Crore AMRUT Projects
By Haider Ali Khan The Union government has approved plans worth Rs 2,786 crore to develop water supply and sewerage facilities in three states as part of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) plan.
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An inter-ministerial committee chaired by Madhusudhan Prasad, secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, cleared the plans for 89 cities in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Prasad urged all the states to ensure water meters for all consumers in urban areas for efficient management of water supply and reducing supply of water without collecting fee.
The approved action plans have a total of 143 projects in 89 AMRUT cities in the 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. The rest pertain to storm water drains, urban transport and green spaces and parks.
Sewerage projects got an allocation of Rs 1,471.07crore 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 1,204.42 crore followed by Rajasthan at Rs 919 crore and Andhra Pradesh proposing an investment of Rs 662.86 crore.
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.