Telangana Current Affairs

Union Government clears over Rs 3000 crore infrastructure investment for 102 AMRUT cities

Union Urban Development Ministry has approved an investment of over Rs 3000 crore for boosting urban infrastructure in 102 cities across five states.

Decision in this regard was taken by Inter-Ministerial Apex Committee chaired by Urban Development Secretary Madhusudhan Prasad.

Key facts

  • The infrastructure investment under Action Plans for 2015-16 was approved under the flagship Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme.
  • The five states are: Haryana, Chattisgarh, Telangana, Kerala and West Bengal.
  • These funds under Action Plans for 2015-16 would be used to enhance water supply, sewerage network and availability of public spaces in these selected 102 cities
  • State wise annual action plan: Haryana as 18 AMRUT cities and approved investment is Rs 438 crore; for Chattisgarh for Chattisgarh is Rs 573 crore.
  • Besides Rs. 416 crore rupees for Telangana and Rs 588 crore for Kerala. The highest allocations of Rs.1,105 crore has been made to West Bengal.

AMRUT Scheme: It is an urban transformation scheme with the focus of the urban renewal projects to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewerage networks and water supply.

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Union Cabinet approves setting up of NARF at Genome Valley in Hyderabad

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved setting up of a National Resource Facility for Bio-medical Research (NARF) at Genome Valley in Hyderabad, Telangana.

NARF will be set up by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and the proposal in this regard was forwarded by the Department of Health Research of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Key facts

  • NARF will be the first of its kind institution for quality laboratory animals for basic and applied biomedical research in the country.
  • It will be a world-class facility for breeding and housing of animals for testing of various R&D products.
  • It will breed and house animals such as primates, cabines and other specialized models such as knockout and transgenic rodents.
  • The facility will develop, create and provide access to a range of laboratory animals along with related technological resources for advancement of biomedical research in the country.
  • It will mainly facilitate research and development in medical colleges, universities, research and academic institutions and Biotech and Bio-pharma companies.
  • It will also provide training facilities for personnel in specialized areas in the field of biomedical research.

The estimated project cost of NARF is 338.58 crores rupees and it will be functional by year 2018-19. Telangana state Government has allotted 102.69 acres of land for this project free of cost.

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