An investment of INR 1,350 crore has approved by the centre to Andhra Pradesh for the improvement of basic urban infrastructure under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) over the next three years.
An additional investment of INR 405 crore has also approved by the Union Urban Development Ministry in support of investments in projects for augmenting water supply, drainage and provision of parks, sewerage networks and open spaces in 32 Atal Mission cities in the southern state.
This time, the ministry has approved investments for the three financial years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 contrary to the earlier practice of approving annual action plans, said the ministry in a statement.
To enable the states plan for early planning and execution of basic urban infrastructure projects this initiative has been taken. Thus, they are completed during the mission period, which ends in 2019-20, adds the statement.
The investment comprises INR 863 crore on providing water taps to all urban households, besides increasing the water supply to the norm of 135 litres per head per day, INR 261 crore for sewerage projects, INR 195 crore on drainage systems and INR 32 crore for providing open spaces and green parks in all the 32 cities included in Atal Mission.
Earlier approved investment by the ministry included INR 663 crore for 2015-16 and INR 877 crore for 2016-17, taking the total investment under the mission to Rs 2,890 crore.