Amrut Scheme: 53 New Projects for 9 Cities Approved in Odisha
The scheme, launched in nine urban places in the state since 2015-16 fiscal, has aimed at strengthening drinking water distribution network, development of sewerage system, storm water management and up-gradation of city transport system among others.
The Odisha government on 22 June 2017 approved 53 urban projects under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). These projects will be developed at a total investment of 5 hundred 38 crore rupees
Now the total projects to be carried under Amrut scheme in the State has reached 148, since its launch in 2015-16 fiscal. With fund sharing pattern of 50:50 between the Centre and state government, these new projects would be carried out in nine cities including Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack, Baripada, Bhadrak, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Balasore.
The scheme aims at strengthening drinking water distribution network, development of sewerage system, storm water management, up gradation of city transport system and development of parks.
A state level high power steering committee (SHSPC) presided by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi approved the new projects. Padhi said, “Nine cities with one lakh population are now being covered under the Amrut scheme worth Rs 1600 crore”.
Besides approving the new projects, Padhi also reviewed the status of earlier approved 95 projects under the AMRUT scheme and directed the housing and urban development department to ensure timely completion of projects.
Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)
AMRUT was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015 with an aim to develop infrastructure in 500 cities and towns with a population of one lakh and above.
Rajasthan was the first state in the country to submit State Annual Action Plan under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The scheme is dependent on public-private partnership model (PPP) model.
The Mission will focus on the following Thrust Areas:
i. Water Supply
ii. Sewerage facilities and septage management
iii. Storm Water drains to reduce flooding
iv. Pedestrian, non-motorized and public transport facilities, parking spaces
v. Enhancing amenity value of cities by creating and upgrading green spaces, parks and recreation centres, especially for children.
Besides, the prime minister also launched two other schemes, namely Housing for All by 2022 and Smart Cities mission, on the same day.