AMRUT Mission

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.

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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,
    • sewerage,
    • storm-water drains,
    • transportation
    • 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.

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