Once again Odisha topped this year in the effective implementation of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme in the country.
The ranking list was released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, declaring Odisha ranked as the top State securing 85.61 per cent of marks. The State has been consistently ranked in first place among other States since 2019 due to compatibility with its performance.
According to Housing & Urban Department of the State Government in 2018, Odisha ranked as the second position and was moved to the first position in 2019. Chandigarh ranked as the second position and Telangana as the third with 75.08 and 74.04 percentages respectively.
The Island union Territory (UT) of Andaman & Nicobar Islands ranked in the Tenth position with a score of 63.56, and Uttar Pradesh has ranked in Twenty positions with a score of 52.07.
On 25th June 2015, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme was launched by the Union Government.
Last year Odisha spent 1025.56 crores of 1704.39 crore worth projects awarded to it under the AMRUT scheme. This scheme is being executed in 9 cities – Puri, Balasore, Baripada, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur.
The primary purpose of this scheme is making sure that in every household there is an access to a tap with a guaranteed supply of water and sewage connections, develop more greenery in the city, maintaining public parks, reducing the pollution by switching to public transport or empowering for non-motorized transport like cycling and walking.
Following this scheme, Central assistance is granted to the extent of 50 % of project cost for cities & towns with a population of up to 10 lakh.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also congratulated the Housing & Urban Development Department for this success. He acknowledges the hard work of the department for this achievement.
Building durable urban infrastructure and amenities is a priority to make cities economically vibrant, sustainable, cleaner, smarter and livable.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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