In a significant move to undertake urban development, 115 cities have launched water supply and sewerage projects under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) at a cost of Rs 6,346cr.
The AMRUT scheme was launched by PM Narendra Modi last year with the focus mainly on the urban renewal projects and to establish infrastructure so as to ensure adequate robust sewerage networks and water supply for urban India thereby fostering transformation. Rajasthan became the first state to submit State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) under AMRUT.
The scheme “Housing for all by 2022” was also launched along with AMRUT. The scheme is aimed at striving public-private-partnership model (PPP). Several other schemes like Swachh Bharat Mission, Housing for all by 2022 and some similar state schemes related to water supply, sewerage and infrastructure related schemes can be effectively linked to AMRUT.
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Under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), a total of 490 projects has been undertaken with an investment of Rs 6,571cr. These include 102 projects that ensure water supply connectivity to all households besides enabling water supply at the standard 135 litres per head per day in 76 cities at a total cost of Rs 3,474cr and 41 sewerage management projects augmenting water supply in another 39 mission cities at a cost of Rs 2,878cr. Development of open air and green spaces is in progress in almost all the 500 mission cities. An investment of Rs 30,657cr was approved under AMRUT this year for improving infrastructure related to water supply, sewerage networks, storm water drains and urban transport with, focus on non-motorised transport.
In a significant landmark, this year a total investment of Rs 2,72,380cr has been approved for the growth of Indian urban infrastructure, a sector which lacked investments since a decade. This includes – Rs 1,32,197cr under Smart City Plans of 60 cities, Rs 30,657cr under AMRUT, Rs 48,773cr under PMAY(Urban), Rs 22,118cr for new Metro Rail Projects, Rs 5,500cr under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and Rs 32,835cr for re-development of seven central government residential colonies in New Delhi.
The total investment approved by this Government for improving urban infrastructure has increased to a whopping Rs 3,38,481cr, marking a manifold increase compared to previous years.