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AMRUT Action Plans for 474 cities cleared with a project outlay of Rs.19,170cr

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sewerageThe Ministry of Urban Development has so far approved city level Action Plans for improving basic urban infrastructure in 474 cities in 18 States and Union Territories with an investment of Rs.19,170cr under Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT) for 2015-16. About 90% of this expenditure will be on improving water supply and sewerage infrastructure followed by storm water drains, non-motorized urban transport and provision of green spaces and parks. Central assistance for this project outlay is over Rs.9,000 cr. A total of 497 cities are identified under Atal Mission. City level plans of only 23 mission cities in Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and North-Eastern states are still to be approved. During the discussion on State Plans, the Apex Committee noted that even as water supply in urban areas of Uttar Pradesh was high, Non-Revenue Water (water supplied without collection of user charges) was also very high exceeding the norm of 20% for urban areas in case of all mission cities. Uttar Pradesh has 61 Atal Mission cities. The Committee also noted that in case of Karnataka, the 27 urban local bodies included in Atal Mission were required to contribute 30% to 47% of project costs and asked the State Government to increase the share of State Government in project costs to reduce the burden on municipal bodies. Under AMRUT, central assistance is provided to the extent of 50% of project cost in case of cities with population of less than 10 lakhs each and up to one third in case of cities with population of above 10 lakhs each.

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