Infrastructure like water and sewage treatment plants, storm water drains, internal roads, solar street lighting, facilities for solid waste management and programmes to develop the skills of the locals and the promotion of economic activity will be developed for Ibrahimpatnam and Kondapalli village panchayats under the PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) programme. The Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh will inaugurate the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project at Ibrahimpatnam on Sunday. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy will be the chief guest.

The PURA is an initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) to deliver infrastructure services in rural India through PPP involving the MoRD, the State government, the gram panchayats and a private sector partner, in this case, the MEIL PURA.

The primary objective of the project is to provide livelihood opportunities and urban amenities in rural areas to bridge the rural-urban divide. Under the project, Rs.96.75 crore will be spent for the development of various infrastructure facilities.

While another Rs. 56 crore has been earmarked for non-MoRD schemes, MEIL with an annual turnover of Rs.5,000 crore and an order booking of Rs.25,000 crore was planning to set up a solar power generation unit at an estimated cost of Rs.162 crore in these villages as an add on project. This is the third PURA project to be launched in the country. A water treatment plant with the capacity to make 12.43 million litres of potable water a day would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.56.5 crore under the PURA.

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