Naidu to review urban sector schemes in Karnataka

New Delhi [India], May 1 (ANI): Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will review progress of implementation of new urban missions in Karnataka tomorrow.

Naidu will chair the review meeting to be held in Bengaluru.

Naidu, the Chief Secretary of Karnataka, Secretaries of both the urban ministries, National and State level mission directors of new urban missions besides other senior officials would be attending the review.

The central government approved an investment of about Rs.25, 000 crore for improving urban infrastructure in Karnataka with central assistance of about Rs.9, 000 crore.

Under Smart City Mission, six cities of Karnataka have been included in the mission of which five cities viz., Davangere, Belgavi, Shivamogga, Mangaluru and Hubbali-Dharwad have been selected for financing smart city plans of respective cities in two rounds of competition so far held.

The sixth one - Tumakuru -- is participating in the third round of competition. Bengaluru has also been allowed to participate in the competition.

Under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), centre has approved a total investment of Rs.4, 971 crore with central assistance of Rs. 2,319 crore for improving basic urban infrastructure in 27 mission cities.

These include; Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Gulbarga, Bellary, Belgaum, Bidar, Tumakuru and Hasan.

Provision of water taps to all urban households in the mission cities and improving water supply to the normative 135 litres per day is accorded priority under this mission followed by expansion of sewerage and drainage networks, non-motorised transport and open spaces.

Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), construction of 1,46,548 affordable houses for urban poor in Karnataka has so far been approved by the centre with an investment of Rs.6,288 crore for which central assistance of Rs. 2,492 crore has been approved. (ANI)