To accelerate works under AMRUT, Centre has decided to approve action plans for the next three years in one go rather than annual approvals, as 14 states including Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab, got nod for their plans for the remaining period of the scheme.
With the approvals, Urban Development Ministry has given nod to about 85 per cent of five-year mission plans with targeted investment of Rs 1 lakh crore by 2019-20 for 500 cities having more than 1 lakh population across the country. ... The investment plans approved in the latest round included for Madhya Pradesh (Rs 2,494 crore), Gujarat (Rs 2,279 crore), West Bengal (Rs 1,536 crore), Rajasthan (Rs 1,232 crore), Andhra Pradesh (Rs 1,350 crore), Punjab (Rs 1,200 crore), Bihar (Rs 1,030 crore) and Odisha (Rs 607 crore).
Jammu and Kashmir got investment approvals worth Rs 225 crore, Goa Rs 80 crore, Tripura Rs 64 crore, Mizoram Rs 53 crore, Chandigarh Rs 62 crore and Meghalaya Rs 31 crore.
"We expect most of the 500 mission cities to be credit rated by March next year and 57 million plus population cities to put in place online single window clearance mechanisms by March next year," he said.
Investment approvals have been "fast tracked" in 2016.
Gauba said that out of the total targeted investment of 1 lakh crore by 2019-20, projects only worth Rs 16,000 crore are to be approved by the ministry and this would be done by the end of next month.
With the latest approvals, the total investment nod for Madhya Pradesh for the entire mission period stands at Rs 7,201 crore, Gujarat Rs 4,884 crore, West Bengal Rs 4,035 crore, Rajasthan Rs 3,323 crore, Andhra Pradesh Rs 2,890 crore, Punjab Rs 2,767 crore and Bihar Rs 2,469 crore.
Odisha received a total investment approvals of Rs 1,599 crore, Jammu & Kashmir Rs 593 crore, Goa Rs 207 crore, Tripura Rs 150 crore, Mizoram Rs 140 crore, Chandigarh Rs 85 crore and Meghalaya Rs 81 crore.