AMRUT Scheme : Only 20% of Projects completed

The Central Government’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), launched for developing urban infrastructure.

The project has completed just 20 per cent of the total projects utilising 3 per cent of the total funds approved.

Tamil Nadu is the only State that has completed more than 300 projects.

West Bengal is No 2 in the list with 194 projects completed. Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala are the States that have completed more than 50 projects.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs informed the Lok Sabha this week that under AMRUT, detailed project reports (DPRs) have been approved for 5,421 projects worth ₹78,856 crore.

So far, 1,099 projects (20 per cent of DPR approved projects) have been completed, utilising just ₹2,626 crore (3 per cent of the amount).

Work in progress

Contracts have been awarded for 3,222 projects (59 per cent of total approved projects) at a cost of ₹53,319 crore and work is ‘under progress’, according to the Ministry.

The government launched AMRUT in 2015 in 500 mission cities with a focus on water supply, sewerage and septage management, stormwater drainage, non-motorised urban transport and development of green space and parks.

The mission period is up to March 2020. The total mission outlay is ₹1 lakh crore, including Central assistance of ₹50,000 crore.

Projects under AMRUT are selected, appraised, approved and implemented by States/Union Territories. The Centre only approves the State Annual Action Plans (SAAPs) submitted by States/UTs and releases assistance as per mission guidelines.

The Ministry has approved all the SAAPs for all States/UTs for the entire mission period for ₹77,640 crore, including Central assistance of ₹35,990 crore.

Under the approved SAAPs, ₹39,011 crore is allocated for water supply projects, ₹32,455 crore for sewerage and septage management projects, ₹2,969 crore for stormwater drainage, ₹1,436 crore for non-motorised urban transport and ₹1,769 crore for parks/green spaces in 500 cities.

AMRUT Scheme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the AMRUT scheme in June 2015. The scheme’s focus is on urban renewal projects that would establish infrastructure which facilitates sufficient and efficient sewerage networks and water supply. This is to enable an urban transformation. The first state in India to submit the State Annual Action Plan under this scheme was Rajasthan. The scheme’s launch also saw the launch of the Housing for All by 2022 as part of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The scheme operates on a PPP model (Public Private Partnership).

Under this scheme, five states were shortlisted for implementation. They are Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Telangana, and West Bengal. The initial funds were earmarked for use in enhancing water supply, sewerage network and availability of public spaces. A total of 102 cities were shortlisted from the five selected states.

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