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Andhra Pradesh to take up massive urban infra development programme

Comments Off on Andhra Pradesh to take up massive urban infra development programme   |   February 3, 2014    01:42pm   |Contributed by manoja

HYDERABAD: The state government is planning to take up massive programme for urban infrastructure development to improve the living standards of low income groups and and their economic development. This is as part of efforts to face the challenge of steep rise in population in urban areas with growth pegged at 33.5 per cent in the state against the national average of 31 per cent. The urban population in AP is projected to increase to 45.5 million or 4.55 crore by 2030 constituting 46 per cent of total population.

The state government has prepared detailed estimates of required investment in eight sectors which include water supply, sewerage, solid waste management, storm water drains, urban roads, urban transportation, traffic support infrastructure and street lighting. Based on the estimates made by the high power expert committee on urban infrastructure services, the per capita investment required in the state in the next six years (2014-2020) is Rs10,846 on each individual, amounting to Rs 30,695 crore.

Part of the focus would be on Energy Efficiency measures to further improve power supply situation in Urban areas for which Govt. of AP/Utilities initiated a major programme of Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) with an investment of Rs 1,880 crore for development of IT and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), System improvement works like construction of Substations & lines, enhancement of power transformers in the next four years.

Dr PK. Mohanty, chief secretary, during an interaction with top officials, said the major challenges in managing urbanisation are significant rise in investments for urban infrastructure & services and strengthening the framework for governance and financing, besides slum development and urban poverty alleviation, urban housing and comprehensive capacity building programme at all levels of government.

He further said there is an immediate need to adopt the key recommendations for making cities/towns socially equitable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable.

The key recommendations are:

1) providing a legal framework for effective urban governance in view of the huge investments made in the sectors like water, sanitation, and housing,

2) creating a framework for efficient planning & integrating land use/allocation,

3) empowering the municipalities with suitable delegation of power, responsibility and accountability in all cadres of staff,

4) providing housing for low income and weaker sections especially those living in slums,

5) to provide public mass transportation by road as well as rapid transit through local trains/metro rail,

6) development of skilled man power through in-house & institutional training on subjects like urban governance, land-use, transportation, urban economics for promoting affordability of the low income group to the maximum extent possible.

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