26 Old cities get central aid for development
New Delhi, Apr 10: The Centre has pitched in for the development of 26 old towns in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan with a Rs 87 crore aid.
Andhra Pradesh gets the highest amount of Rs 49.23 crore given under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium towns.
The scheme is part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
Gujarat has been given Rs 24.72 crore grant and Rajasthan has got Rs 13.83 crore.
According to the government, the money will be used for redevelopment of old city areas by widening narrow streets, improving drainage systems, shifting of electricity supply lines and building parking lots.
The towns selected in Andhra Pradesh are Pulivendula, Kandukur, Markapur, Miryalguda and Adilabad. The towns in Gujarat include Kheda, Mehsana, Godhra and Valsad while those in Rajasthan include Bikaner, Tonk, Sri Madhopur and Chittorgarh.