In a bid to recast the country’s urban landscape, the Centre has given nod to the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore.
What is AMRUT?
- AMRUT : Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation
- Replaces Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM)
- But in a significant departure from the earlier mission, the Centre will not appraise individual projects.
Details of the Mission:
- AMRUT adopts a project approach to ensure basic infrastructure services relating to
- water supply,
- storm-water drains,
- Development of green spaces and parks with special provision for meeting the needs of children.
- Under this mission, 10% of the budget allocation will be given to states and union territories as incentive based on the achievement of reforms during the previous year.
- AMRUT, which seeks to lay a foundation to enable cities and towns to eventually grow into smart cities, will be implemented in 500 locations with a population of one lakh and above.
- It would cover some cities situated on stems of main rivers, a few state capitals and important cities located in hilly areas, islands and tourist areas.
- Under this mission, states get the flexibility of designing schemes based on the needs of identified cities and in their execution and monitoring.
- States will only submit state annual action Plans to the centre for broad concurrence based on which funds will be released. But, in a significant departure from JNNURM, the central government will not appraise individual projects.
- Central assistance will be to the extent of
- 50% of project cost ….for cities and towns with a …..population of up to 10 lakhs
- 33% of project cost ….for cities and towns with a …..population of above 10 lakhs.
Sources: The Hindu, PIB.