Centre clears infra development plan for nine cities under AMRUT

Centre has approved a working plan for Chhattisgarh where a total of nine cities would receive a major infrastructural facelift under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The Urban Development Ministry sanctioned the plan during a high-level meeting of its officials in New Delhi yesterday. Under the Rs 1,998 crore plan, the Centre will provide Rs 870 crore in next three years while the rest of funding will be borne by the state government and its civic bodies.


  • In a meeting, Director of state’s Urban Administration and Development Rohit Yadav made an elaborate presentation on the action plan to be implemented for Raipur, Durg, Bhilai, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Korba, Raigarh, Ambikapur and Jagdalpur which are short-listed by Centre to be covered under the mission.
  • The Centre has identified 482 cities and towns, each with a population of one lakh and above as AMRUT cities for ensuring basic infrastructure like water connections to all urban households, sewer connections and sewage management, storm water drains, urban transport in the country.
  • The official said the cities would also be provided better public transport, parking facilities and new centres would be established for recreation and development of new parks and green zones would be taken up.

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(i) ensure that every household has access to a tap with assured supply of water and a sewerage connection;
(ii) increase the amenity value of cities by developing greenery and well maintained open spaces (parks); and
(iii) reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorized transport (e.g. walking and cycling).

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