28 August 2018
Bhubaneswar: Odisha has made significant progress in implementation of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme in 9 towns of the State. The State has come up to 2" position in implementation of the projects as per National Level Rating Framework assessment up to 210 August 2018.
This was revealed during a State Level High Power Committee meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat today.
Reviewing the projects, Padhi directed the department to cover all households and entire population in AMRUT cities through pipe water supply on priority. He further directed to complete the projects well before time while safeguarding the quality of project and ensure delivery of services to the people by the scheduled time.
The meeting decided to prioritize the projects in order of (i) drinking water (ii) sewerage/ septage and (iii) parks & playgrounds. Review showed that as of now a total number of 192 projects have been approved and taken up under AMRUT scheme.
This includes 130 nos of water supply projects, 14 nos of septage projects and 48 park projects. All these projects have been tendered out and tender awards have been issued against 187 projects. So far 42 projects have been completed. These projects involve investment of around Rs 1810 crore.
The AMRUT scheme is being financed by both the Central and State Government on 50:50 sharing. These projects are being implemented in the cities like Bhubaneswar, Cuttack. Puri. Brahmapur, Rourkela, Sambalpur. Balasore. Bhadrak and Baripada.
Odisha has qualified for national incentive on achievement of reform milestones consecutively for 3 year - 2015-16. 2016-17 and 2017-18. In these 3 years State has received incentive award of Rs 41.66 cr.
While congratulating the department for achieving the incentive, the Chief Secretary directed to spend the amount in quicker and better implementation of the projects.
As per AMRUT guidelines a set of 11 reforms are to be implemented by the State as well as ULBs within a period of 4 years. Assessment for the year 2017-18 shows that the achievement in this matter has been 95% in Bhubaneswar. Cusack. and Berhampur, 94.1% in Puri, 93.5% in Balasore. 92.9% in Baripada, 91.8% in Sambalpur and 91.1% Rourkela and 90.5% in Bhadrak.