Bhubaneswar, July 31 (LocalWire): The state Housing and Urban Development Department is aiming to complete 191 projects worth Rs 1,704 crore under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Development (AMRUT) scheme, by December 2019, three months before the allotted deadline.
“We have been asked to complete all running projects under the scheme by March 2020, but we are working towards completing it by December this year,” Odisha mission director for AMRUT and special secretary PK Jha said on Tuesday.
Maintaining its top rank among 39 shortlisted states in the country, Odisha was awarded Rs 1,704 crore under AMRUT scheme for 191 projects, including water supply projects, sewerage and park projects for implementation of the urbanisation program in nine cities, including Balasore, Baripada, Berhampur, Bhadrak, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Rourkela and Sambalpur.
The 191 projects include 130 water supply projects, 48 parks, and 13 sewerage management projects. Of the water supply projects, 57 projects have been completed, while 73 is underway.
Similarly, 15 parks project and nine sewerage projects have been completed, while the rest is in progress.
According to the latest National Level Rating Framework, Odisha is leading with 70.92 marks out of 100 by successfully implementing the assigned projects in the respective cities of the state.
The AMRUT scheme was launched by prime minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015 to transform urban areas by establishing a better infrastructure, ensuring adequate water supply and constructing robust sewage networks in various states of the country.
Under the development programme, the Central Government provides 50% of the total project cost in three installments of 20:40:40 based on the achievements indicated in the State Annual Actions Plan (SAAP).