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  • The Urban Development Ministry clears the first batch of AMRUT projects for 89 worth Rs 2,786cr in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan;
  • The focus is on ensuring adequate water supply and sewerage networks;
  • will provide an assistance of Rs 1,356 crore to the States concerned;
  • Rs 1,471 crore for sewerage projects and Rs 1,225 crore for water supply schemes;
  • The ministry asks states to ensure water meters for all consumers.

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New Delhi — The Ministry of Urban Development has approved the first batch of State-level Annual Action Plans (SAAP) under the 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 Madhusudhan Prasad, Secretary(Urban Development), cleared plans worth Rs 2,786.28 crore in this regard for 89 in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan yesterday.

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

The 143 approved projects in 89 AMRUT of 3 States 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.

Graphics: The Indian Express
Graphics: The Indian Express

Sewerage projects got the lion’s share of Rs 1,471.07 crore, followed by Rs 1,225 crore for water supply related schemes.

The apex committee of AMRUT approved SAAP for the 3 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.

Under the SAAP approved, Gujarat will take up sewerage projects in 25 AMRUT 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 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 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.

Under AMRUT, the will provide an assistance of 50% of project cost for with a population of up to 10 lakhs each and one-third of project cost for cities with a population of above 10 lakhs each. The rest of the project cost has to be borne by the States and urban local bodies. As per these norms, central assistance for the approved projects in 3 States comes to Rs 1,356.23 crore.

The apex committee approved SAAP of the 3 states after 3-hour long deliberations and scrutiny of plans proposed by the States. The SAAP of each state is an integration of all city level Service Level Improvement Plans (SLIP) of all Atal Mission in respective States.

City-level SLIP is formulated based on detailed assessment of gaps in the availability of infrastructure pertaining to water supply, sewerage network services, storm water drains, urban transport etc.

Ensuring water supply of 135 litres per capita per day in urban areas besides providing water supply and sewerage connections to all urban households is the national priority, which Atal Mission seeks to achieve.

Prasad has 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 (non-revenue water). States have been asked to focus on this from next year onwards.

The first installment of the central assistance of Rs 118.03 crore for Gujarat, Rs 91.90 for Rajasthan and Rs 66.29 for Andhra Pradesh under Atal Mission will be released shortly.

The States made a detailed presentation on the implementation of a set of 11 reforms including timelines for the same. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan will also undertake capacity building of urban local bodies at a cost of Rs 22.23 crore.

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