Chandigarh: Punjab has received Rs 193.79 crore from the Centre under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) 2.0 to make cities garbage-free. This amount is going to give impetus to the SBM Urban Project.

A total amount of Rs 1050.20 crore will be spent in Punjab under the mission. Under this project, which runs till the year 2025-26, a target has been set to make all the cities of the state garbage free within three years.

According to the information, Rs 193.79 crore has been released by the Center to the state. However, so far Rs 296.38 crore has been given to the state out of the total amount. Under this project, the waste will have to be executed in a scientific manner with the 100% target of collecting wet and dry waste from every household.

At the same time, within three years, all the old dumping sites will be improved and converted into green areas.

According to Punjab Rajya Sabha MP Vikramjit Singh, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore told the House that out of the total allocated amount to Punjab under the mission, Rs 193.79 crore has been released.

Under the SBM-Urban project, funds are released to the states by the Centre, which are further allocated by the states to the bodies under the action plan approved by the State High Powered Committee and the State Level Technical Committee.

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