Rs 3,600 crore to be spent in Kerala for 2nd phase of AMRUT project

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Thiruvananthapuram: A total of Rs 3,600 crore will be spent in the second phase of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT 2.0) in Kerala. Of the total 3,600 crore, the union government would provide 1,372 crore. Rest of the amount will be the state’s share.

Liquid waste management, protection of footpaths, cleaning drainages, removing water clogging, rejuvenating ponds, development of parks adjacent to the ponds and awareness for water conservation are part of the mission.

The duration of the first phase of the mission that began in 2015 was five years. But it has been allowed to continue till March 2023. The expected expense for the first phase of the mission was 2,250. Around 60 per cent of this has already been spent. The second phase will also span five years.

The first phase included all corporations and three municipalities- Palakkad, Guruvayoor and Alappuzha- from Kerala. The second phase will include six corporations and 87 municipalities.

The main focus of the mission includes 24-hour fresh water accessibility in every household and liquid waste management. AMRUT also focuses on water treatment plants and changing of pipes. Water authority is the agency that will carry out the processes.

The central government has approved Rs 37,000 per water connection. The state government has, however, allowed to spend Rs 50,000 considering Kerala’s landscape.

The biggest problem is with liquid waste management. There has been local opposition against the setting up of waste management plants. The most successful state in liquid waste management is Odisha. Officials had visited the state. Authorities are planning to bring in experts and conduct awareness programmes. About 45 per cent of the total spending was on liquid waste management.

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