Govt. injects Rs.3,706 cr in NE smart cities

    NE smart cities
    The Union government has recently cleared a staggering sum of Rs.3,706 crore for building smart cities across the north eastern states, Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri said that the Centre has selected eight smart cities in the region and 464 projects have been approved of which 24 have been identified as impactful projects including Brahmaputra river front development project in Guwahati with cost of Rs.826 crore, Ropeway project in Kohima costing Rs.409 crore are being taken up expeditiously. Currently 5 projects costing of Rs.95.5 crore are under execution. The selected smart cities of the NE region are – Guwahati (Assam), Imphal (Manipur), Agartala (Tripura), Namchi (Sikkim), Kohima (Nagaland), Passighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Aizawl (Mizoram) and Gangtok (Sikkim). In addition, 12 towns of the region have been included in the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation for Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for providing water taps to all households besides improving water supply to the normative level of 135 litres per capita per day. Under AMRUT, the Centre supports 90% of the project cost in NE states. The 12 towns included in Amrut are – Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Nagaon and Silchar (Assam), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya), Aizawl (Mizoram), Dimapur and Kohima (Nagaland), Gangtok (Sikkim) and Agartala (Tripura), he added.
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