With maximum increase in allocation to the Smart Cities Mission, the Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) ministry’s budgetary provisions have been pegged at over Rs 417.65 billion for the next fiscal, a hike of 2.82 per cent over 2017-18.
The HUA ministry was formed after merging the ‘urban development’ and ‘housing and urban poverty alleviation’ ministries, which had a total outlay of Rs 406.18 billion in Union Budget 2017-18.
Smart Cities Mission, under which the ministry has announced 99 cities for central assistance, got the highest hike of 54.22 per cent with Rs 61.69 billion as against Rs 40 billion in 2017-18 Budget.
“I am happy to inform that 99 cities have been selected with an outlay of Rs 2.04 lakh crore. These cities have started implementing various projects,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said while presenting the Union Budget 2018-19.
Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme was allocated Rs 60 billion, a jump of 20 per cent over Rs 50 billion in the current fiscal.
AMRUT scheme aims at ensuring robust sewage networks, water supply and other infrastructures to improve the quality of life of people in urban areas.
Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), one of the flagship programmes of Modi government, got a hike of 8.69 per cent with allocation of Rs 25 billion for next fiscal as compared to Rs 23 billion in the current financial year.
“We have fixed a target that every poor of this country may have his own house by 2022. For this purpose Prime Minister Awas Yojana has been launched in rural and urban areas of the country,” he said.