Guwahati: Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said 464 projects costing Rs 14,124 crore have been approved for eight cities of the Northeast under the Smart Cities Mission.
It includes Rs 826-crore Brahmaputra riverfront development project in Guwahati and Rs 409-crore ropeway project in Kohima.
"Currently, five projects costing Rs 95.5 crore are under execution," the minister said after reviewing the progress of urban missions in the northeastern states here today. Under the mission, the ministry provides an assistance of Rs 500 crore to each smart city over a period of five years.
Apart from Guwahati and Kohima, other cities of the Northeast covered under the mission are Imphal, Agartala, Namchi, Pasighat, Aizawl and Gangtok.
On the slow pace of implementation of schemes under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) by northeastern states, barring Mizoram, Puri said, "I appeal to all the states to speed up implementation of the schemes because more you spend more you are likely to get."
Twelve northeastern towns have been included in AMRUT under 90:10 Centre-state funding pattern.
"So far, work on 43 projects costing Rs 149.31 crore has commenced and nine projects costing Rs 5.93 crore have been completed under AMRUT in the region," the minister said.
He said a deadline of December 2018 has been set to make the entire Northeast open-defecation free.
Puri also said the Union ministry has approved construction of 1,52,290 affordable houses for urban poor in the northeastern states in the last 28 months under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (urban), an ambitious mission of the Centre to provide pucca houses to all by 2022.
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