11 September, New Delhi
Rajasthan became the first state to submit State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), targetting universal coverage in respect of water supply connections and sewerage connections to all urban households in the state, an official statement said here Friday.
The State Government had proposed projects under these two categories worth Rs 1,087 crore for approval by the Union Urban Development Ministry during the current financial year.
The Rajasthan government had reported that adequate consultations with stakeholders like MPs, MLAs, chairpersons of urban local bodies and public have been undertaken and their suggestions and views incorporated in the Service Level Improvement Plans (SLIP) for each city which were integrated to formulate the SAAP.
Under the State Annual Action Plan, AMRUT projects were proposed to be taken up in 13 of the 28 AMRUT cities in Rajasthan. These include Alwar, Beawar, and Nagaur in which both water supply and sewerage projects would be taken up while water supply projects would be taken up in seven other cities of Baran, Bhiwar, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Dhaulpur, Ganganagar City and Sujangarh.
Meanwhile, in Bhiwadi, Sikar and Udaipur, only sewerage and septage management projects would be taken up.These cities have been identified by the state government in line with the principles of prioritisation suggested in the mission guidelines after analysing the gaps in coverage in respect of household water supply connections and sewerage network services, the statement said.
Regarding water supply connections in 28 AMRUT cities, the coverage ranged from 28 per cent in Nagaur to 98 per cent in Bhiwadi and In terms of quantity of water supplied, it ranged from 38 litres per capita per day in Gangapur City to 150 lpcd in Kota.
Water supply was below 50 lpcd in the cities of Gangapur and Hindaun while it was between 51-75 lpcd in seven cities, 76-100 lpcd in five cities and more than 100 lpcd in 12 cities. The national norm in respect of water supply in urban areas was 135 lpcd.
There was no sewerage network in 10 cities of Baran, Beawer, Bhilwara, Bhiwadi, Ganganagar city, Hindaun city, Sawai Madhopur, Sikar, Sujangarh and Tonk. Sewerage projects were proposed in Beawer, Bhiwadi and Sikar while they would be taken up in the remaining after ensuring water supply.
Coverage of sewerage network services in other cities was between10-25 per cent in six cities, 26-50 per cent in three cities, 51-75 per cent in five and more than 75 per cent in four cities.An amount of Rs 555 crore had been proposed for six sewerage and septage management projects and Rs 344 crore for 10 water supply projects.
Project expenditure proposed for BeawarRs 154 crore, Alwar-Rs 130 crore, Bhiwadi-Rs 110 crore, Nagaur-Rs 110 crore, Sikar-Rs 110 crore, Udaipur-Rs 85 crore, Baran-Rs 50 crore, Chittorgarh-Rs 40 crore, Ganganagar City-Rs 40 crore, Dholpur-Rs 30 crore, Bhilwara-Rs 25 crore, Sujangarh-Rs 25 crore and Bhiwadi-Rs 20 crore.
Regarding implementation of mandatory reforms, the state government had informed that creation of website for each city, transfer of all 18 functions to urban local bodies, revision of building bye-laws, single window clearance for building permissions, 90 per cent coverage of tax revenue, energy and water audit and migration to double entry accounting system would be implemented in the next six to 12 months.
For the first time in the country, formulation of urban development plans including identification of projects, their appraisal and approval had been delegated to the States and Rajasthan had become the first state to act under this new architecture.
After broad scrutiny of the SAAPs, Urban Development Ministry would release the first installment of 20 per cent of project costs to the states