Based on the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, the Union Finance Ministry released Rs 2,200 crore as the first instalment to 15 states for the improvement of air quality measures in their million-plus cities, on November 2. The government has directed the states to directly transfer the grants-in-aid to all the million-plus urban agglomerations/cities within 10 working days of receipt from the centre without any deduction.
The 15 states which have been chosen for allocation of these funds include Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The states shall transfer grants-in-aid directly to all these local bodies, which include cities like Lucknow, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata etc, within ten working days of receipt from the Union Government without any deduction, the ministry said in a statement.
A grant of 67.5 crores will be released for Andhra Pradesh. Out of which, Visakhapatnam will receive 36.5 crores and Vijayawada will receive 31 crores for improving ambient air quality.
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