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Patiala gets Rs 92.34-cr funds under the AMRUT scheme

Benefits: Of the total amount, Rs 62.01 crore is for laying of sewerage lines, Rs 28.74 crore for water supply, Rs 1.60 crore for creating green spaces in the 28 wards falling in the Patiala rural segment.

punjab Updated: Feb 07, 2018 15:47 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Navrajdeep Singh
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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Of the 60 wards, 28 are falling in the Patiala rural segment, while the remaining 32 are in Patiala urban constituency.(HT File )

The Patiala municipal corporation (MC) has prepared a detailed report to carry out two major projects, laying of sewerage pipe lines and water supply lines in left out areas, under the centrally-sponsored Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.

Nearly 90% of the area, in the municipal wards falling under Patiala rural assembly segment, will be benefitted under the AMRUT scheme. Of the 60 wards, 28 are falling in the Patiala rural segment, while the remaining 32 are under the Patiala urban constituency.

Mayor Sanjeev Kumar Sharma said that the funds sanctioned under the AMRUT scheme will help in overhaul of the areas in the outskirts of the city.

Under AMRUT, funds worth Rs 92.34 crore have been sanctioned for Patiala. Of the total Rs 92.34 crore, Rs 62.01 crore is meant for laying of sewerage lines, Rs 28.74 crore for water supply, and Rs 1.60 crore for creating green spaces.

A senior official of local government department, under the condition of anonymity, said that as per the list of requirements for the AMRUT scheme, funds for sewerage system and water supply can be utilised only in the areas, where there is no such facility available from earlier.

“Since the wards in Patiala rural segment is deprived of such facilities, the detailed project reports have focused on the development of these areas, and had special mentioning of covering these wards under the AMRUT scheme,” the official said.

He added that the detailed project reports have already been cleared by the technical sub-committee of the state government. These have also been forwarded to the high-powered committee, under the chairmanship of chief secretary Punjab, Karan Avtar Singh, for final clearance.

After the state government’s clearance, the centre government will release its share. Tenders for both the projects will be placed after that. Executive engineer Suresh Kumar said that presently, the project, related to development of green spaces, is at the tendering stage.

Fund crunch is major issue

The seriousness of the fund crunch in the Patiala municipal corporation can be gauged from the fact that it has not been available with funds to pay its share.

During its first general house meeting on February 1, the newly-formed House of Patiala MC passed a resolution to approach the state government to pay their share as well.

Of Rs 92.34 crore, 50% will be given by the central government, while the state government and municipal corporation are supposed to contribute the remaining 30% and 20%, respectively.

Mayor Sanjeev Kumar Sharma said that the funds sanctioned under the AMRUT scheme will help in overhaul of the areas in the outskirts of the city. “As the Patiala MC is reeling under fund crunch, the state government has been requested to pay the civic body’s share as well. The money will be used for the development of the Royal City,” the mayor said.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 15:47 IST