The Union ministry of urban development on Wednesday approved an investment plan of Rs 495.11 crore under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for 2015-16 for 13 cities in six states, which includes three northeastern cities of Guwahati, Shillong and Agartala.
Amid demands from Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi for restoration of the 90:10 funding pattern for centrally sponsored schemes, the Centre has decided to bear 90% of AMRUT project costs in the northeast and Jammu and kashmir, 100% for Puducherry and 50% for Goa.
An official spokesperson said AMRUT projects will deal in water supply, sewerage networks and septage management, storm water drains, urban transport and provision of green spaces in these 13 cities in six states. An inter-ministerial apex committee chaired by secretary (urban development) Madhusudhan Prasad cleared the investment plans.
Out of the total project cost of Rs 495.11 crore, the Centre will provide an assistance of Rs 425 crore. The investments approved for Assam is Rs 186.27 crore, Rs 36.62 crore for Tripura and Rs 22.81 crore for Meghalya.
The mission seeks to ensure coverage of all urban households in 500 mission cities with water supply and sewer connections, augmenting water supply, sewerage network services and storm water drains, besides promoting green spaces, the spokesperson said.
In Assam, water supply will be augmented in Nagaon at a cost of Rs 51.79 crore, in Dibrugarh at a cost Rs 46.51 crore and in Silchar at a cost of Rs 43.20 crore. Another Rs 40 crore, which is proposed to be spent by the state government on drainage projects, will now be spent on augmenting water supply and sewerage networks in the four mission cities including, Guwahati. Also, green spaces will be developed in these three cities and Guwahati at a cost of Rs 4.73 crore.