Six Uttarakhand cities sanctioned Rs 133 crore under AMRUT scheme
Six Uttarakhand cities have bagged funds to the tune of Rs 133.68 crore under the central government’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme for spending on urban development projects. Kashipur in Kumaon has bagged the maximum funds of Rs 66.42 crore followed by Dehradun (Rs. 57.50 crore) and Rudrapur (Rs. 50.93 crore).
To improve civic infrastructure in these six cities, Urban Development Department (UDD) had pitched a Rs. 269.93 crore proposal to the central government under AMRUT mission. It was approved by an inter-ministerial apex committee in Delhi on Thursday. Primarily, funds are allocated based on four major factors – sewerage network, water supply, drainage system and park planning. Allocation of funds to the cities will be made according to water augmentation and sewer network vis-a-vis population and land size. Kashipur, with 45 litre per capita per day (LPCD), has the least water augmenting capacity followed by Rudrapur (49 LPCD), Roorkee (109 LPCD), Haldwani (133 LPCD), Dehradun (135 LPCD) and Haridwar (187 LPCD).
Additional secretary of UDD, V Shanmugham, said, “Our major focus in the project’s first phase would be to provide last mile connectivity of drinking water and sewer line connection. AMRUT’s aim is to ascertain that everyone has access to tap water and sewerage facility.