The Centre has approved projects worth Rs 4,239 crore for improving urban infrastructure during next the three years in Uttar Pradesh under AMRUT scheme. The latest approvals take total expenditure in the state to Rs 11,421 crore, the highest among all states, under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) with a central assistance of Rs 4,922 crore for the five-year mission period. AMRUT aims to provide drinking water, sewerage and drainage networks and non-motorised transport, among others, in the selected 500 cities across the country. "Ministry of Urban Development has approved AMRUT action plans of Uttar Pradesh for the next three years - 2017-20 - in one go involving an expenditure of Rs 4,239 crore," an official release said. The ministry has approved an investment of Rs 703 crore for Telangana under the scheme over the next three financial years, taking the total expenditure to Rs 1,673 crore during the mission period. The Centre will provide Rs 832 crore for the projects. For Tamil Nadu, an investment of Rs 4,154 crore for 2017-20 has been approved, taking the total mission investments to Rs 11,237 crore with central assistance of Rs 4,756 crore for the five-year period. In Maharashtra, a total investment of Rs 6,759 crore will be made for improvement of basic urban infrastructure during 2015-20 with central assistance of Rs 3,534 crore. An investment of Rs 3,280 crore has been approved for the state for 2017-20. Haryana will spend a total of Rs 2,544 crore in improving basic urban infrastructure, including Rs 1,582 crore during 2017-20. The state will get a total central assistance of Rs 764 crore under the scheme. In Chattisgarh, a total investment of Rs 2,192 crore will be incurred during the mission period, including Rs 879 crore during 2017-20, with a total central assistance of Rs 1,009 crore during the five year period. Manipur will invest Rs 180 crore in improving infrastructure in the lone mission city of Imphal.
The amount includes Rs 69 crore over the next three years. The state gets a total central assistance of Rs 162 crore during 2015-20. Under AMRUT, Sikkim will invest Rs 39 crore in the lone mission city of Gangtok during 2015-20 with central assistance of Rs 36 crore. The state got approval for Rs 13 crore investment for next three years. Under AMRUT, Ministry of Urban Development bears 50 per cent of project costs for cities with a population of below 10 lakhs each and one-third of project costs for those with a population of above 10 lakhs each. Central assistance is of the order of 90 per cent for North-East and hilly states and 100 per cent in case of Union Territories. The ministry has made a provision of Rs 50,000 crore as central assistance for the five-year mission period.
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