The Union Government has approved the action plan amounting to Rs. 187.75 crore for Municipal Corporation Shimla for implementing Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

Commissioner, MC Shimla Pankaj Rai and his team today gave a detailed presentation on implementation of AMRUT before the committee chaired by Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development and attended by various officers and expert at Delhi for AMRUT Mission.

The main components of the project includes water supply, sewerage network, urban transport, green spaces and parks and strong water drainage. The emphasis would be laid on achieving the major components like water supply and sewerage system. He added the target of hundred percent water supply would be achieved by 2016 and sewerage system along-with parks in the next three years.

Urban Development and Town & Country Planning Minister Sudhir Sharma said a total sum of Rs. 52.94 crore would be provided under the project during this financial year out of which government of India would provide 50 percent financial assistance and State government would also bear 50 percent expenditure.

Sharma added if Municipal Corporation succeeded in meeting out the reforms initiated by the Union government in a stipulated time period, the Centre would provide 10 percent extra funds for this project.

State Level Improvement Plan (SLIP) was compiled by M.C. Shimla and approved in a Special House of M.C. Shimla on 9th Oct 2015. The total outlay of AMRUT mission for MC Shimla from centre is Rs. 79.4 crore for three (3) years and rest will be beared by State Government and ULB. The total sharing of funds will be in ratio of 50: 30:20. The share of centre will be 50%, the share of state will not be less than 20% and can be more than 20% and the rest amount will be shared by ULB.

MC Shimla mayor stated that project will give thrust to the pace of Development for Shimla city.

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