The Central Government sanctioned an investment of Rs 1,350 crore to Andhra Pradesh for improvement of basic urban infrastructure under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) over the next three fiscals. The Union Urban Development Ministryalso approved Rs 405 crore in support of investments in projects for augmenting water supply, sewerage networks, drainage and provision of parks and open spaces in 32 Atal Mission cities in the southern state. As against the earlier practice of approving annual action plans, the ministry has approved investments for the three financial years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. The move is aimed at enabling the state’s plan for early planning and execution of basic urban infrastructure projects so that they are completed during the mission period, which ends in 2019-20. The investment approved includes Rs 863 crore on providing water taps to all urban households, besides increasing water supply to the norm of 135 litres per head per day, Rs 261 crore for sewerage projects, Rs 195 crore on drainage systems and Rs 32 crore for providing green parks and open spaces in all the 32 cities included in Atal Mission. The ministry had earlier approved Rs 663 crore for 2015-16 and Rs 877 crore for 2016-17, taking the total investment under the mission to Rs 2,890 crore.
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