Union Government has cleared the first batch of projects under the flagship scheme of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for 89 cities from 3 states.
It was cleared by Union Urban Development Ministry by allocating 2,786 crore rupees to facilitate development projects without any financial delays.
- It is for the first time in India’s urban governance, Union Urban Development Ministry has approved State level development plans unlike the past practice of appraising and approving individual projects.
- The States that are getting benefited from these funds are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
- These 3 states had submitted around 143 projects which have been approved after a reviewing of Union Urban Development Ministry.
About AMRUT Scheme
- It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015 for urban transformation.
- The focus of the urban renewal projects is to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewerage networks and water supply.
- Under this scheme: Union Government provides an assistance of 50 per cent of project cost for cities with a population of up to 10 lakhs each.
- It provides one third of project cost for cities with a population of above 10 lakhs each.
- Rest of the project cost has to be borne by the states and urban local bodies.