Chandigarh: Anil Joshi, Minister of Local Government Punjab reviewed the funds plan requirement of various infrastructure work for all the towns in the State of Punjab. The meeting was attended by the officials of various departments.
It has been estimated that Rs. 8,085 Crore are required to provide 100% basic Urban civic infrastructure of Water Supply, Sewerage, STP, Restoration/Upgradation of Roads, Street Lights, Solid Waste Management etc. in all the 165 Towns of Punjab. Rs. 876 Crore are required for water supply, Rs. 2,623 Crore for Sewerage, Rs. 1,374 Crore for STP, Rs. 314 Crore for restoration of the damaged roads due to the water supply and sewerage, Rs. 23 Crore for repair of old water supply and sewerage machinery, Rs. 1,588 Crore for upgradation, repair and for new roads, Rs. 279 Crore for solid waste management, Rs. 163 Crore for street lights and Rs. 845 Crore for other infrastructures and O & M related works for the works in urban local bodies.
Recently, state government has made special efforts and decided to raise additional resources with the increased imposition of infrastructure development fees on diesel, petrol, additional duty on electricity and on sale of immovable properties. These additional resources would be made available for undertaking these infrastructural works in urban and rural areas. In addition, the funds of GOI, in the ministry of urban development from their flagships schemes like Smart city and AMRUT will be converged with the state government resources to fund these infrastructure works.
Anil Joshi further informed, “The ministry of urban development of Government of India is in the process of launching 2 new Flagship schemes namely; Smart Cities and Attal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT) on 25th June, 2015.” He said, “18 towns of the Punjab having population more than 1 lakh as per 2011 census are likely to be covered under this scheme.”
These cities and towns are, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Patiala, Pathankot, SAS Nagar, Moga, Hoshiarpur, Batala, Abohar, Malerkotala, Khanna, Phagwara, Mukatsar, Barnala,
Ferozepur and Kapurthala.