Plans for 474 smart cities cleared with Rs 19,170 crore investment 

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The India Government today said it approved AMRUT Action Plans for 474 smart cities with Rs 19,170 crore investment.

Uttar Pradesh will invest Rs 4,646 crore and Karnataka Rs 1,258 crore to improve basic urban infrastructure.

UD Ministry has asked UP to reduce non-revenue water and Karnataka to increase state’s share.

About 90 percent of this expenditure will be on improving water supply and sewerage infrastructure followed by storm water drains, non-motorised urban transport and provision of green spaces and parks. Central assistance for this project outlay is over Rs 9,000 crore.

City level plans of only 23 mission cities in Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and North-Eastern states are still to be approved.

An inter-ministerial Apex Committee chaired by Madhusudhan Prasad, secretary of the Urban Development, approved AMRUT Annual Action Plans for Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka for 2015-16.

Uttar Pradesh has 61 Atal Mission cities while Karnataka has 27.

The Apex Committee noted that even as water supply in urban areas of Uttar Pradesh was high, Non-Revenue Water (water supplied without collection of user charges) was very high exceeding the norm of 20 percent for urban areas in case of all mission cities. Madhusudhan Prasad asked the state government to focus on reducing NRW to national norm.

The committee noted that in case of Karnataka, the 27 urban local bodies included in Atal Mission were required to contribute 30 percent to 47 percent of project costs and asked the State Government to increase the share of State Government in project costs to reduce the burden on municipal bodies.

The Apex Committee approved a project outlay of Rs 4,646 crore for UP under Atal Mission for 2015-16. Out of this, Rs 1,519 crore is for water supply infrastructure, Rs 1,698 crore for expanding sewerage network services and Rs 70 crore for providing green spaces and parks in mission cities.

In UP, coverage of water taps is to the extent of 54 percent of urban households while water supply is at 161 litres per capita per day which is much higher than the norm of 135 lpcd prescribed for urban areas in the country.

For Karnataka, the Apex Committee approved a project expenditure of Rs 1,258 crore under AMRUT Plan for 2015-16. Of this, Rs 552 crore will be spent on augmenting water supply in mission cities, 613 on sewerage projects, construction of storm water drains Rs 49 crore, provision of green spaces and parks Rs 28 crore and urban transport Rs 18 crore.

In Karnataka, coverage of households with water taps ranged from a low of 18 percent in Chickmagaluru to 87 percent in Mandya. Water supply is reported to be in the range of 35 litres per capita per day in Robertsonpet to 106 lpcd in Ranebennur. In the capital city of Bengaluru coverage of water taps is 72 percent and water supply is at 94 lpcd. None of the 27 mission cities in the state have water supply at the norm of 135 lpcd prescribed for urban areas.

Under AMRUT, central will provide an assistance of up to 50 percent of project cost in case of cities with population of less than 10 lakhs each and up to one third in case of cities with population of above 10 lakhs each.

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