Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Thursday approved 53 urban projects under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) which will be developed at a total investment of 538 crore rupees.
At the outset, the total projects to be carried under the Amrut scheme in the state have reached 148, since its launch in 2015-16 fiscal. With fund sharing pattern of 50:50 between the Centre and state government, these new projects would be carried out in nine cities including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Baripada, Bhadrak, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Balasore.
The scheme aims at strengthening drinking water distribution network, development of sewerage system and storm water management, up-gradation of city transportation system and development of public parks.
The State Level High Power Steering Committee (SHSPC) presided over by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi approved the new projects. Padhi said, “Nine cities with one lakh population are now being convered under the Amrut scheme worth Rs 1600 crore”.
Besides approving the new projects, Padhi also reviewed the status of earlier approved 95 projects under the scheme and directed the housing and urban development department to ensure timely completion of projects.