Cabinet approves Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation till 2025-26

Cabinet approves Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation till 2025-26

New Delhi, October 13, 2021

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0 (AMRUT 2.0) till 2025-26 with the aim of making cities "water secure" and "self-sustainable" through circular economy of water.

This will be achieved by providing functional tap connections to all households, undertaking water source conservation and augmentation, rejuvenation of water bodies and wells, recycle/re-use of treated used water and rainwater harvesting.

The project will lead to ease of living by providing piped water supply and sewerage/septage facility to urban households.

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), the first focused national water mission was launched in June 2015 to facilitate ease of living to citizens in 500 cities by providing tap connections and sewer connections. So far, 1.1 crore household tap connections and 85 lakh sewer/ septage connections have been provided, an official press release said.

About 6,000 MLD sewage treatment capacity is being developed, of which 1,210 MLD capacity is already created, with provision for reuse of 907 MLD treated sewage. As many as 1,820 parks with an area of 3,600 acres have been developed, while another 1,800 acres of area is under greening. So far, 1,700 flooding points have been eliminated, it said.

Taking forward the strides made under AMRUT, AMRUT 2.0 targets universal coverage of water supply by providing household tap connections in all 4,378 statutory towns. Another objective is 100% coverage of household sewerage/ septage management in 500 AMRUT cities. The mission targets to provide 2.68 crore tap connections and 2.64 crore sewer/ septage connections to achieve the intended outcomes.

The total indicative outlay for AMRUT 2.0 is Rs 2,77,000 crore including the central share of Rs 76,760 crores for five years from FY 2021-22 to FY 2025-26.

The mission will be monitored on a robust technology-based portal. The projects will be geo-tagged. There will be an endeavour to make it a paperless mission. Cities will assess their water sources, consumption, future requirement and water losses through a city water balance plan. Based on this, city water action plans will be prepared which will be summed up as State Water Action Plan and will be approved by the Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs.

The funds for the projects will be shared by the Centre, State and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). Central funds will be released to the States in three tranches based on allocation to the State as per State Water Action Plan.

Other key features of AMRUT 2.0 (U) include "Pey Jal Survekshan" which will encourage competition among cities for benchmarking urban water services. The mission will also encourage the mobilization of market finance by mandating the implementation of 10% of the projects in cities with a population above ten lakh through Public-Private Participation.

The mission will also bring in the leading technologies in the water sector in the world through technology sub-mission. Entrepreneurs/ start-ups will be encouraged in the water ecosystem. Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign will be undertaken to spread awareness among the masses about water conservation.

The mission has a reform agenda focussed on the financial health and water security of ULBs. Meeting 20% of water demand through recycled water, reducing non-revenue water to less than 20% and rejuvenation of water bodies are major water-related reforms. Reforms on property tax, user charges and enhancing creditworthiness of ULBs are other important reforms. ULBs will be rewarded with an incentive on accomplishing the reforms.

NNN

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