New Delhi: Addressing the Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) yesterday, Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (MoS) for Housing & Urban Affairs, spoke about the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT), stating that the scheme focuses on development of basic urban infrastructure in 500 mission cities – potable water for every household, improvement in treatment capacity of sewerage, development of city parks, and reform implementation.
Against the total plan size of Rs 77,640 crore of all the SAAPs, Rs 39,000 crore (50%) has been allocated to water supply followed by sewerage & septage project at over Rs. 32,000 crore (42%), Puri stated.
Works have been completed for 2,326 projects worth Rs. 7,221 crore, contracts awarded & work in progress on 2,962 projects with an investment of Rs 65,000 crore, 460 projects costing over Rs 10,000 crore are under tendering, and detailed projects worth about Rs. 1,000 crore are under preparation, Puri said.
AMRUT also focuses on 11 reforms comprising 54 milestones. These reforms broadly cover online services to citizens, establishing single windows for all approvals, establishing municipal cadres, and achieving at least 90% of billing and collection of taxes/user charges.
Against a target for replacement of 99 lakh streetlights with LED lights, 67 lakh streetlights have been replaced so far.
Online Building Permission System (OBPS) has been implemented in 1,887 cities across the country including 440 AMRUT towns.
Implementation of OBPS resulted in a quantum jump in India’s rank in the World Bank Doing Business Report (DBR) in construction permits component of Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) to 27th in 2020, from 181st in 2018, Puri said.
Puri had earlier welcomed all MPs of the Consultative Committee attached to the MoHUA and stated that the Government is implementing Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) and Metro Rails. He said that these complement each other helping the all-round development of cities.
The meeting was attended by Members of Parliament, M V V Satyanaraya, Ramcharan Bohra, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Rajmani Patel, KTS Tulsi, and Sanjay Singh.
Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA, and senior officers of the Ministry also attended the meeting. Mishra gave an overall view of various missions of the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. This was followed by presentations by the respective Mission Directors about their missions.
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