The Andhra Pradesh Government has proposed a plan for 31 cities and towns at an estimated cost of over Rs 28,756 crore under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme. The scheme will help to provide basic infrastructure relating to water supply, sewerage, urban transport and green spaces during next 5 years. A statement released by the Urban Development ministry said that the State Government has sought approval of the Union Urban Development Ministry for its State Level Annual Action Plan (SAAP) involving Central assistance of Rs 673.12 crore for water supply projects and development of parks for the current financial year (2015-16).
The states SAAP is based on city level plans formulated after assessing the gaps in basic infrastructure and investments to be made to meet the norms prescribed for urban areas. Extent of coverage of urban households with water supply connections in AMRUT cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh ranged from 7.50 per cent in Tenali to 78.80 per cent in Rajahmundry. The statement said that on the whole, 50.22 per cent of all urban households in the Mission cities have water connections at present. It said that the AP government has reported that sewerage network services are available only in 6 Mission cities Guntur, Proddatur, Vizag, Kadapa, Vijayawada and Tadipatri. The government has proposed to bridge the gaps in respect of these infrastructure areas progressively over the next five years. The State Government projected a cost of Rs 6,117.24 crore for ensuring universal coverage of urban households in Mission cities in respect of water supply and Rs 10,888 crore for providing sewerage networks and septage management over the next five years. The statement added that the total investments proposed in urban transport sector over the next five years in the state is Rs 1998.88 crore. Besides, the State Government has proposed construction of various drainage facilities in the Mission cities in the state at an estimated cost of Rs 6,814.85 crore.