The state government of Telangana has decided to seek Rs 700 crore under the Atal Mission For Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme for the next financial year after garnering over Rs 960 crore in the last two fiscals (2015-16 and 2016-17) from the Centre.
Government proposes to use these funds for the improvement and development of lung spaces, water supply distribution network and sewerage system in 10 major towns cities in the state. Accordingly, the state government will send its State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) estimates to Union urban development ministry for its approval for 2017-18 fiscal by this month end. An official said that Telangana state has already got `408.51 crores for 2015-16 fiscal, and another `557-odd crore for the 2016-17 financial year. They are focussing on developing major parks in every town as per the norms of AMRUT scheme.
UnderAtal Mission For Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, ensuring water supply connections to all the urban households is accorded top priority, followed by improving sewerage networks, stormwater drains and urban transport with a focus on non-motorised transport. It may be mentioned that the state government has decided to exclude Greater Hyderabad from AMRUT so that other major cities and towns can garner maximum central funding. The AMRUT scheme envisages infrastructure development in 500 cities in the country, including 10 cities towns in Telangana. The state’s main focus is to improve water distribution network and supply in all the 10 AMRUT cities as water supply in these cities is below the 135 liters per capita per day norm as specified by Centre under AMRUT. Also, priority is being given to developing sewerage network in addition to ensuring 135 LPCD water supply.