Panaji to get projects worth Rs 60 crore under AMRUT
PANAJI: The state level technical committee for Atal mission for rejuvenation and urban transformation (AMRUT) on Wednesday gave its approval to the state annual action plan (SAAP), which included projects valued at 60 crore for the city.
With 82% weightage on modernizing and streamlining urban transport in the city, the project has now been sent to the state level high-powered steering committee headed by the chief secretary, R K Srivastava.
The meeting, which was held at the secretariat, was chaired by the principle secretary for urban development, Sudhir Mahajan. During the meeting, approval was granted to creation of green spaces and parks in the city, overhauling urban mobility systems, and formation of a project development and management consultant to oversee the implementation of the projects.
AMRUT aims to ensure water supply and sewer connections along with increasing the current water supply, sewer network and drainage system in urban pockets, along with the promotion of green spaces in the city.
“These approvals will now be placed before the chief secretary for approval. Among the projects that have got approval are the implementation of a vacuum sever network system in the city for low-lying areas with five years of operation and maintenance,” a source said.
During the meeting it was also revealed that 21 out of the 28 reforms outlined by the Union ministry of urban development have yet to be achieved. “These 21 reforms need to be achieved to claim 10% incentives and we have to submit the report by May 26,” sources said.
The state government has designated Goa state infrastructure development corporation (GSIDC) as the body to manage and implement AMRUT for Panaji, with GSIDC’s managing director Sanjit Rodrigues playing the role of the mission director. The corporation of the city of Panaji (CCP) is the local urban body that has to pilot the AMRUT mission, but, due to lack of technical feasibility, the task has been delegated to GSIDC.
The Union ministry of urban development has launched AMRUT and Smart City missions to address the challenges of urbanization by providing basic services, such as water supply, sewerage, urban transport, and also access to facilities such as green open spaces and parks, particularly those that are children-friendly.
With 82% weightage on modernizing and streamlining urban transport in the city, the project has now been sent to the state level high-powered steering committee headed by the chief secretary, R K Srivastava