NEW DELHI: Madhya Pradesh government plans to spend Rs 1,656 crore to improve basic infrastructure including water supply, sewage network, urban transport in 32 cities and towns under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) during the current financial year.

The state government has submitted state annual action plan (SAAP) in this regard to the urban development ministry, a ministry official said, adding that SAAP has been formulated based on service level improvement plans for each of the 32 mission cities.

AMRUT accords priority for ensuring universal coverage of all urban households with basic infrastructure relating to water supply, sewerage and sewage management, storm water drains, urban transport and open spaces in that order.

City level service improvement plans are prepared for identification of gaps between available and required infrastructure, the official said.

In the SAAP furnished to the UD Ministry, Madhya Pradesh government has informed that 51 per cent of all urban households in the state were having water supply connections and at present water supply is 88 litre per capita per day (LPCD) as against the norm of 135 LPCD.

Only 11 per cent of urban households were connected to sewerage network services.

Coverage of households with water supply connections in 32 mission cities ranged from 21 per cent in Pithampur to 74 per cent in Gwalior and Dewas. It was below 50 per cent in Bhopal, Satna, Morena, Singrauli, Burhanpur, Shivpuri, Vidisha, Damoh, Chattarpur, Hoshangabad, Sehore, Datia and Nagda. Water connections were available to 50 per cent to 73 per cent household in Jabalpur, Ujjain, Sagar, Ratlam, Rewa, Katni, Chindwara, Khandwa, Bhind, Guna, Mandsaur, Khargone, Neemuch, Betual and Seoni. .