The Central government has allocated Rs 396.5 crore to Maharashtra to improve the air quality in its cities. From the amount allocated to the state, Rs 244 crore will be used for Mumbai.
The Union finance ministry released Rs 2,200 crore as the first installment to 15 states for undertaking measures towards the improvement of air quality.
"The government, based on the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, has released Rs 2,200 crore as the first installment to 15 states for the improvement of air quality measures in their million-plus cities," the office of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted.
This will help the beneficiary states to undertake air quality measures, including capacity-building of the local bodies within their million-plus cities/agglomerations, it added. The 15 states include Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
Maharashtra has six cities which got featured in the list, Mumbai, Vasai-Virar, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik, and Pune. Mumbai got Rs 244 crore, Pune got Rs 67 crore, Nagpur Rs 33 crore, Nashik Rs 20.5 crore, while Vasai-Virar and Aurangabad received Rs 16 crore each.