Bhubaneswar: Odisha has again topped the list this year in the effective implementation of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.
The State which has been consistent with its performance has retained its first place among States since 2019.
In 2019 the State had moved to the top position from second in 2018 and from its earlier rank of the third to second in 2018, the Housing & Urban Development (H&UD) Department of the State Government has said in a tweet from its official Twitter handle.
The State has secured a score of 85.67 to be followed by Chandigarh with a score of 75.08 and Telangana with a score of 74.04.
While the island Union Territory (UT) of Andaman & Nicobar Islands has ranked tenth with a score of 63.56, the most populous State in the country Uttar Pradesh has ranked 20 with a score of 52.07.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated the H&UD Department for the State retaining top position in implementation of AMRUT scheme.
“Congratulations @HUDDeptOdisha as #Odisha retained top position in the implementation of @amrut_MoHUA,” the CMO has tweeted.
“Building durable urban infrastructure and amenities is a priority to make cities economically vibrant, sustainable, cleaner, smarter and livable,” the tweet added.
The AMRUT scheme was launched by the Union Government on 25 June 2015.
Since the inception of AMRUT mission, launched in 2015, concentrated efforts have been made towards Universal Coverage of Water supply, construction of Septage / Sewerage treatment plants, and improving the green spaces in the 9 AMRUT cities of Odisha.
Out of a total of 191 nos. projects grounded, 148 nos. projects are completed and the rest are likely to be completed well within the Mission period of March 2021.
Odisha has made significant strides in providing piped water supply to all households in urban areas. With the implementation of AMRUT Mission in 9 Cities of Odisha, Universal Coverage of Piped Water Supply has been ensured. The Cities are Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Baripada, Balasore, Bhadrak, Berhampur, and Puri.
As many as 2400 km of Pipeline Laying/replacement works completed till date. All 9 AMRUT Cities are ensured to have 100% network coverage by December 2020.
Augmentation in Water Treatment with 6 nos. of Water Treatment Plants (WTPs), out of which 2 nos. (WTP) at Rourkela & Bhubaneswar are commissioned. Effective storage & Management of Water is ensured through the construction of 89 nos. new ESRs & GSRs with automation systems.
Substantial growth in the number of water supply household connections i.e. 1.23 Lacs Household connections already provided in the Urban Uncovered areas of AMRUT cities.
Smart Solutions for Integrated Water distribution management system using Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is being implemented in WTPs. SCADA in Mundali, Bhubaneswar WTP and Puri city is already operational.
Solar-Powered Pumps are installed in Pump houses of Berhampur and Baripada with the aim to reduce usage/dependency on non-renewable energy resources and shift towards the use of renewable energy resources
All projects are Geo-tagged resulting in ease of monitoring on a real-time basis, better transparency, accuracy and easy location, management, and validation of projects.
As many as 8 nos. of SeTPs are commissioned and are operational in AMRUT Cities of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Baripada, Balasore, Berhampur, and Puri. One Sewerage Treatment Plant in Bhubaneswar has been commissioned and Sambalpur and Rourkela Sewerage Projects are nearing completion.
As many as 85 parks out of total 110 nos. parks are completed and opened for public with well-conceived landscaping & rejuvenation facilities, Open Gym, Jogging trails, and Child Play Equipment.
Through these projects, the Department is able to provide clean drinking water, avoid contamination especially in rehabilitation colonies, and increase the number of children-friendly green parks in the city.
Earlier, Odisha had qualified for national incentive on the achievement of reform milestones for 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18.
Minister H&UD Pratap Jena has congratulated the Department for these significant strides in the implementation of the AMRUT scheme in the State.
The objective of the scheme is to ensure that every household has access to a tap with assured supply of water and a sewerage connection; increase the amenity value of cities by developing greenery and well maintained open spaces (e.g. parks), and reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorized transport (e.g. walking and cycling).
Under the scheme, Central assistance is provided to the extent of 50 % of project cost for cities and towns with a population of up to 10 lakh. Central assistance is released in three installments in the ratio of 20:40:40 based on the achievement of milestones indicated in the State Annual Action Plans (SAAP).
Funding of AMRUT projects to urban local bodies (ULBs) through the State are provided on the basis of proposals submitted in SAAP, which is an aggregated State Level Service Improvement Plan (SLIP) indicating year-wise improvement of municipal services in admissible sectors to households in the nine towns of Odisha.
These SLIPs prepared by the ULBs serve as the building block for the development of year-wise prioritized investment in SAAP to address gaps in service levels.