More AMRUT For AP’s Mission Cities

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The mission cities of Andhra Pradesh will see a new proposal that will push for an enhanced infrastructure, particularly water supply.

The mission cities of the state are as below:

Adoni

Anantapur

Bhimavaram

Chittoor

Chirala

Chilakaluripeta

Dharmavaram

Eluru

Gudivada

Guntur

Gunthakal

Hindupuram

Cudappah

Kakinada

Kurnool

Machilipatnam

Madanapalli

Nandyala

Narsaoraopet

Nellore

Ongole

Proddutur

Rajahmundry

Srikakulam

Tenali
Tirupati

Thadipatri

Thadepalligudem

Vizag

Vijayawada

Vizianagaram

Proposals have been submitted to the National Apex Committee under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Tranformation (AMRUT). The meeting will happen in the coming days to formally approve AP’s Annual Action Plan submitted by the State Govt.

Going by the sources of Municipal Administration and Urban Development, the apex committee headed by Secretary, Urban Development was earlier scheduled to meet on October 5. But this was postponed.

31  cities were identified for providing basic infrastructure in the areas of

Water supply

Sewerage and solid waste management

Drainage

Urban transport and

Greenery and parks

The was planned for the next five years under the AMRUT. AP Govt had proposed a comprehensive AMRUT Action Plan for 31 Mission cities and towns at an estimated cost of Rs.28,756 crore. A portion of this is slated to come as Central grant while the remaining will be raised in the form of investments by the State from various agencies.

The State has sought approval for its Annual Action Plan 2015 – 16 involving Central assistance of Rs.673.12 crore towards water supply projects and parks.

The State’s yearly plan is based on city level plans formulated post the assessment of the gaps in basic infrastructure and investments meeting the compliance prescribed for urban areas.

AP Govt proposed to bridge these gaps existing in the core infrastructure areas, going in phases over the next five years.

The action plan states that urban households with water supply connections in 31 cities ranged from 7.5 per cent in Tenali to 78.8 per cent in Rajahmundry. Overall, 50 per cent of urban households in the mission cities have water connections.

Sixteen cities have coverage in the range of 31 to 50 per cent. This includes Vijayawada with 48 per cent, Tirupati- 45, Ongole- 49, Kurnool -45, Anantapur- 45, Kakinada-49, Machilipatnam- 50, Gudivada- 48, Srikakulam – 48, among others.

Four cities fall below 30%: Tenali -7.5, Madanapalle-20, Chittoor- 21 and Vizianagaram-30.

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