The Ministry of Urban Development has released about Rs.120 cr to States and Union Territories for preparation of Service Level Improvement Plans (SLIP) for each of the 482 cities identified under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). In the first release of funds under Atal Mission, each Mission city has been given an advance assistance of Rs. 25 lakhs for preparation of SLIP.
All the city level Service Level Improvement Plans will be aggregated into State Annual Action Plan at the level of each State which will be sent to the Ministry of Urban Development for approval. UD Ministry would not assess and approve individual projects unlike under JNNURM.
482 cities identified under Atal Mission
Water supply and sewerage connection to each house to be given priority
Service Level Improvement Plans for each city to be aggregated into State Level Action Plans
Shri Madhusudan Prasad, Secretary(UD) wrote to all the Chief Secretaries urging them to send State Annual Action Plans at the earliest.
The Ministry has so far identified 482 cities and towns each with a population of above one lakh under AMRUT which was launched on June 25, 2015. These include : UP(60 cities), West Bengal(59), Maharashtra(43), 32 from MP and Tamil Nadu, 31 each from Gujarat and AP, Rajasthan(28), Karnataka(27), Bihar(26), Haryana(20), Punjab(16), Telangana(11), 9 each from Chattisgarh and Odisha, 7 each from kerala and Jharkhand, Uttarakhand(6), 4 each from Assam and Delhi, J&k(3), 2 each from Nagaland and Puducherry, one each from A&N Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Lakshdweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura.
The remaining 18 cities will be chosen from the cities/towns on the stems of main rivers, from hill states and tourist destinations.
Under AMRUT, central assistance will be one-third of the project cost for cities with a population of above 10 lakhs and 50% of project cost for cities/towns with a population of below 10 lakhs for projects related to water supply, sewerage, septage, storm water drains and urban transport. Balance funding is to be arranged by State governments and urban local bodies including through PPP.
After the approval of State Annul Action Plans (SAAP), first installment of over Rs.2,000 cr will be received for implementation of city level SLIPs. Allocation of funds under AMRUT for States and UTs is based on an objective criteria giving equal weightage to the urban population and number of statutory cities and towns in each State/UT.