NEW DELHI: The Centre has approved investments of Rs 266 crore for improving water supply and sewerage networks in Delhi under the 2016-17 action plan in AMRUT scheme.
With this approval, the Urban Development Ministry has given nod to total investments of Rs 489 crore for improving urban infrastructure in the national capital, last being to the projects worth Rs 223 crore for 2015-16 in Janaury this year.
The entire project costs of Rs 489 crore will be provided as central assistance to Delhi government under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) guidelines.
Of this, Rs 215 crore will be invested in improving water supply and Rs 254 crore for improving sewerage networks and sepage management, while Rs 8 crore would be spend for drainage networks and Rs 12 crore for developing open and green spaces.
As per AMRUT guidelines, the Centre will provide a total of Rs 804 crore to Delhi for the five-year mission period.
Walls N Roof Comment : The purpose of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) is to (i) ensure that every household has access to a tap with assured supply of water and a sewerage connection; (ii) increase the amenity value of cities by developing greenery and well maintained open spaces (e.g. parks); and (iii) reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorized transport (e.g. walking and cycling).
The provision of basic services to the households and building amenities in cities which will improve the quality of life for all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged is a national priority under the AMRUT mission. A few cities that form a part of the AMRUT are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Telangana, Manipur and may more. The development of open spaces and improvement on drainage and sewage networks will reduce the effects on environment.