Union Minster for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday informed that 11 towns of Telangana State have been selected for development under Central Government’s AMRUT scheme.
The towns selected under AMRUT scheme include Khammam, Warangal, Nizamabad, Mahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Ramagundem, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Miryalguda and Adilabad. Venkaiah Naidu said that the Centre was also considering inclusion of Siddipet in the list. He said that the Centre proposed to develop 500 towns under AMRUT scheme.
The AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) scheme adopts a project approach to ensure basic infrastructure services relating to water supply, sewerage, septage management, storm water drains, transport and development of green spaces and parks with special provision for meeting the needs of children.
Venkaiah Naidu said Hyderabad and Warangal have already been selected for development as Smart Cities. He said Warangal has been selected under Heritage City scheme. He said that the selection of cities for Smart Cities has been completed and the complete list would be announced on October 1 and each city would be given Rs. 200 crore for various development works.
The Central Government has so far released Rs. 403 crore to Telangana towards Swachh Bharat campaign.
The Union Minister disclosed these details while addressing a meeting with top BJP leaders here on Sunday. The BJP corporators, municipal chairmen and Vice-Chairmen, who attended the meeting, complained the Telangana Government was not helping in the development of areas which they represent. Reacting to the complaints, Venkaih Naidu assured that he would take up the issue with the State Government.
Venkaiah Naidu said although he was not elected to the Rajya Sabha from Telangana or Andhra Pradesh, he was making all efforts for the development of both the Telugu States. (INN)