Rebia urges Central Govt to release special package under AMRUT

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Urban Development Minister Nabam Rebia has appealed to the Union Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to allocate special package of Rs 470.44 crores to Arunachal Pradesh under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) since the municipality is unable to avail external resources like funding from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and JICA for infrastructure development of the Capital city, Itanagar.
Attending the review meeting of the Ministry of Urban Development and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation’s schemes for Northeastern states, including Sikkim, in Guwahati on April 18, Rebia also requested the Union Minister for consideration of Smart City proposals of Itanagar and Pasighat within this fiscal year, which were submitted by the state government for early consideration of the Central Government.
Rebia also appealed for release of the Additional Central Assistance of Rs 26.44 Crore for completion of ongoing five projects sanctioned under the Urban Infrastructure & Governance (UIG) component of JNNURM within current financial year and to enhance the central incentive of Rs 4800 to Rs 12000 for construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) and to raise the ACA from Rs 39200 to Rs 47040 per seat for construction of community toilet under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).
He further requested the Central Government to release the balance central share of Rs 48.58 crore only for completion of 15 ongoing projects under the Ministry of Urban Development and to release central share to the tune of Rs 13.46 crore for completion of five ongoing projects under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, under 10 percent lump sum schemes for the benefit of North eastern region, including Sikkim.
“Arunachal Pradesh is unable to avail funding under North Eastern Region Urban Development Programme (NERUP) funded by the Asian Development Bank due to alleged objections from China,” Rebia said, and requested the Central Government to give additional 10 percent funding, particularly to Arunachal Pradesh under the 10 percent lump sum schemes for the benefit of North eastern region, including Sikkim.
He further called for enhancement of the fund allocation from Rs 1.50 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh for construction of a house of 30.00 sqm carpet area as the present allocation is too meagre for construction of a house having 30.00 Sqm carpet area in Arunachal Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Housing for All (Urban).
Rebia also requested the Union Minister for early release of all balance funds and to enhance the allocation under SBM, DAY-NULM, PMAY-HFA so that all these programmes could be implemented smoothly in the remote and backward border state of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Union Minister has suggested the state government to provide its own share at par with others state in respect of construction of houses under PMAY – HFA (U).
Rebia was accompanied by Taba Tedir, Chief Engineer-cum-Director (UD&H), Amoy Morang, Director, Town Planning & Urban Local Bodies, Taring Darang, Joint Director (UD&H) and Marcony Potom, Joint Director (UD&H) and Terge Sora, Assistant Town Planner (TP & ULB’s) in the meeting which was chaired by Union Minister Naidu.

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