Odisha approves Rs 143.34 cr for nine cities under AMRUT

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government on Tuesday approved Rs 143.34 crore for expansion and strengthening of basic service under 41 projects in nine urban centres under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

The Housing and Urban Development (DoHUD) department will execute the projects in the urban areas so that standard of providing the basic services will be increased and the cities will raise their revenues.

Presiding over a meeting, chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi directed the department to include at least 90 percent city residents in the projects by simplifying the tax collection process.

He directed the department to execute e-tax payment system in the major cities including Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

He suggested the officials to increase revenue by streamlining the advertisement release as per the 2013 advertisement guidelines in cities.

“In the first phase, 41 projects including drinking water supply, cleaning of drains and development of public places were approved at the meeting for nine cities. The projects approved for Cuttack, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Rourkela, Baripada, Balasore, Sambalpur and Bhadrak for 2015-16 fiscal,” Housing and Urban Development Special Secretary S K Ratho said.

The government has allocated Rs 143.34 crore for the projects. For the project expenditure both the Union and State governments will bear the cost on 50:50 basis, he said.

While the Centre has already provided Rs 45.63 crore for the projects so far, the State has released the equal amount.

A total of Rs 91 crore has been given to Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (OUIDF) for commencing the projects, Ratho said.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government has appointed Engineers India Limited as the Project Director and Managing Advisor. The project preparation, quality management and skill development assignments have already begun, officials said.