AMRUT MISSION (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt. Policies & Interventions)

News-CRUX-10     30th May 2024        

Context: Recently, the World Bank estimated that $840 billion is needed for urban infrastructure in India, where city dwellers are expected to surpass 50% of the population by 2047. The AMRUT scheme has been a flagship program addressing this urban transformation.

AMRUT Mission

  • Full Form: Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation
  • Launched: On 25th June 2015
  • Selected Cities: 500 cities and towns
  • Ministry: Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Focus:(i) ensure that every household has access to a tap with assured supply of water and a sewerage connection (ii) increase the value of cities by developing greenery and well-maintained open spaces such as parks and (iii) reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorised transport.
  • State Annual Action Plan (SAAP): It is a consolidated plan that is a combination of all the city-level SLIPs(Service Level Improvement Plans) of all proposed AMRUT cities in the respective states.
  • AMRUT 2.0: It will promote circular economy of water through development of City Water Balance Plan (CWBP) for each city focusing on recycle/reuse of treated sewage, rejuvenation of water bodies and water conservation.

o Ambitious targets were set up such as providing 100% sewage management in 500 AMRUT cities.

o Timeline: 2025-26.