Haryana Approves Rs 600-Cr Budget For Phase-II Of AMRUT Projects
The Haryana government has approved a budget of Rs 600 crore for enhancing the civic facilities under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme. A senior-level committee has decided to spend the amount on nine projects for revamping the drinking water supply, sewerage and drainage system in seven towns under the second phase of AMRUT. Tenders for the projects will soon be invited. The state is presently spending Rs 800 crore on AMRUT projects.
Here are the details:
- Under phase II of the project, an expenditure worth Rs 41.88 crore in Bahadurgarh, Rs 49.49 crore in Yamunanagar, Rs 57.55 crore in Hisar, Rs 163.09 crore in Rohtak and Rs 99.99 crore in Palwal will be made on improving the sewerage systems.
- The total spend on the drinking water supply system will be Rs 95 crore.
- An allocation of Rs 8.13 crore has been done for the drainage system in Sirsa.
- In Karnal, sewerage lines spanning about 180 kilometres will be built at a cost of Rs 178 crore in the next two years. This will include provision of 10,500 manholes and sewerage connections to 9,216 households.
- Similarly, in Ambala city, about Rs 144 crore has been set for building a long 150-kilometre sewerage line as well as provision of 8,875 manholes and sewerage connections to 10,879 households.
- The government has allotted a tender of Rs 114 crore for replacement of drainage facility in Sonipat.
Work on some of the projects is underway. The urban affairs ministry regularly organsies review meetings to track the progress of these projects.
Progress so far
Launched in 2015, the AMRUT scheme focuses on improving basic urban infrastructure to households entailing water supply facilities, sewerage networks, stormwater drains, urban transport, and open and green spaces, across the selected 500 Indian cities. The project has been implemented through a State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) prepared by the state’s 80 urban local bodies (ULBs) and approved by the Ministry of Urban Development. Assistance in the form of funds from the centre, technical assistance and model Request for Proposal (RFP) is provided to the state by the centre. The projects are implemented by the State-level High Powered Committee (SHPSC).
The total outlay under a centrally sponsored scheme is around Rs 50,000 crore for the period 2016 - 2021. The scheme will benefit 20 cities and towns of the state which had been included namely Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rohtak, Hisar, Panipat, Karnal, Sonipat, Yamunanagar, Panchkula, Bhiwani, Ambala, Sirsa, Bahadurgarh, Jind, Thanesar, Kaithal, Rewari, Palwal, Jagadhri and Ambala Sadar.
In 2017, an allocation of Rs. 2,544 crore with a central assistance of Rs.764 crore was approved for Haryana. Under Phase 1 of the scheme, nine cities were included Faridabad, Gurgaon, Panipat, Karnal, Sonipat, Yamunanagar, Panchkula, Ambala, Thanesar. A sum of Rs 436 crore was spent on refurbishing the sewerage system in Karnal, Sonipat and Ambala, under this phase.
The scheme is closely connected with the government’s Swachh Bharat Mission which aims to build Individual Household Latrine (IHLs) and Solid Waste Management Plants across locations. The state government is thus in the process of building 15 solid waste management clusters in rural and urban areas. It has also proposed 20 solid and liquid waste management projects. There are plans to use the facilities at Gurugram, Faridabad and Sonipat Clusters for power generation.