New Delhi : The Centre has approved an investment of Rs 1350 crore in Andhra Pradesh for improvement of basic urban infrastructure over the next three financial years under its flagship Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.
A major part of the proposed investment is to be spent on water supply and sewerage projects in the state.
The Union Urban Development Ministry has approved Rs 863 crore for providing water taps to all urban households in the state besides increasing water supply to the norm of 135 litre per head per day (lpcd).
The Ministry has also given its nod for Central assistance of Rs 405 crore in support of investments in projects for increasing water supply, drainage, sewerage networks and provision of parks and open spaces in 32 Atal Mission cities in the state.
Of the total investment approved, Rs 261 crore will be towards sewerage projects while an amount of Rs 195 crore will be used for drainage systems.
The Ministry, as against the earlier practice of approving annual action plans, has now started approving investments for the next three financial years 2017-20 through the State Annual Action Plans (SAAP).
This is being done to enable the states to plan for early planning and execution of basic urban infrastructure projects as well as timely completion during the Mission period which ends in 2019-20.
The Centre had earlier approved Rs 663 crore for 2015-16 and Rs 877 cr for 2016-17 for the state, thus taking the total investment under Atal Mission to Rs 2890 corer.
Under the 2017-20 SAAP approvals, the city-wise investments are: Chittore - Rs 122 crore, Nellore - Rs 117 crore, Nandyala - Rs 95 crore, Proddatur - Rs 91 crore, Hindupur - Rs 86 crore, Tadipatri - Rs 81 crore, Kadapa - Rs 81 crore, Ongole - Rs 77 crore, Chilakaluripeta - Rs 76 crore, Tirupati - Rs 66 crore, Kakinada - Rs 66 crore, Kurnool - Rs 51 crore, Visakapatnam - Rs 48 crore, Vizianagaram - Rs 43 crore, Rajahmundry - Rs 31 crore, Srikakulam - Rs 23 crore, Guntakal - Rs 20 crore, Tadepalligudem - Rs 20 crore, Adoni - Rs 19 crore, Srikalahasti - Rs 16 crore, Dharmavaram - Rs 16 crore, Eluru - Rs 14 crore and Madanapalle - Rs 11 crore.
Through the Atal Mission, which was launched in June 2015, the Centre is trying to ensure water supply connections to all urban households in 500 Mission cities besides improving sewerage and drainage networks.