Centre pleaded to allocate Rs 470.44 crore under AMRUT
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Citing that since the municipality (IMC) is unable to avail external resources like funding from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and JICA for infrastructure development of the capital city (Itanagar), UD,
TP, Municipal Affairs & LM Minister Nabam Rebia has pleaded Union Minister for UD, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu to allocate Rs 470.44 crore to Arunachal Pradesh under AMRUT (Atal Misssion for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) as special package.
Accompanied by Taba Tedir, Chief Engineer-cum-Director UD&H, Amoy Morang, Director TP&ULB and other officials, Rebia pleaded this while attending a review meeting of the Ministry of UD and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation’s schemes for NE states including Sikkim at Guwahati on 18th April last, which was chaired by M Venkaiah Naidu.
In his address at the review meeting, Rebia highlighted several points pertaining to the Dept of UD and Housing & Town Planning & ULBs.
On Smart City Mission, the Minister informed that govt of Arunachal Pradesh has submitted the Smart City proposals of Itanagar and Pasighat on 31st March last to the Ministry of UD, Govt of India and requested the Union Minister to consider both the proposals during this financial year.
He urged for release of the Additional Central Assistance of Rs 26.44 crore for completion of ongoing five projects sanctioned under the Urban Infrastructure & Governance (UIG) component of JNNURM within current financial year for completion of the same.
Rebia also called for releasing the balance central share of Rs 48.58 crore for completion of 15 ongoing projects under the Ministry of UD and to release central share to the tune of Rs 13.46 crore for completion of five ongoing projects under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, under 10% lumpsum schemes for the benefit of North Eastern Region including Sikkim.
Stating that Arunachal Pradesh is unable to avail funding under North Eastern Region Urban Development Programme (NERUP) funded by ADB due to alleged objections from China, the Minister said: “Hence, the Union Govt has to give additional 10% funding particularly to Arunachal Pradesh under the 10% lumpsum schemes for the benefit of NER including Sikkim.
To enhance the allocation from Rs 1.50 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh for construction of a house of 30 sqm carpet area as the present allocation is too meagre for construction of the house in the state of Arunachal Pradesh under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Housing for All (Urban), he reasoned.
In response, the Union Minister suggested the GoAP to provide its own share at par with other states in respect of construction of houses under PMAY – HFA (U).
On Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), Rebia said as release of central share is not done as per annual allocations, the State govt is facing hurdles in its implementation and hence, the Union Govt should release its share as per annual allocation for smooth implementation of the programme and also to enhance the annual allocation for Capacity Building & Training from 12%, as it is insufficient to support the expenditure of State Mission Management Unit and City Mission Management Unit.
Further, Rebia requested the Union Minister for early release of all balance funds and also to enhance the allocation under SBM, DAY-NULM, PMAY-HFA so that all these programmes could be implemented smoothly in the remote and backward border state of Arunachal Pradesh.