Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) mission

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) mission

What is AMRUT?

AMRUT is the new avatar of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). But, in a significant departure from the earlier mission, the Centre will

not appraise individual projects.

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) mission

Details of the Mission:

  • AMRUT adopts a project approach to ensure basic infrastructure services relating to water supply, sewerage, storm-water drains, transportation and 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 and one-third of the project cost for those with a population of above 10 lakhs.
  • Under the mission, states shall transfer funds to urban local bodies within 7 days of transfer by central government and no diversion of funds to be made failing which penal interest would be charged besides taking other adverse action by the centre.

The Mission will focus on the following Thrust Areas:

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  1. Water Supply
  2. Sewerage facilities and septage management
  3. Storm Water drains to reduce flooding
  4. Pedestrian, non-motorized and public transport facilities, parking spaces, and
  5. Enhancing amenity value of cities by creating and upgrading green spaces, parks and recreation centers, especially for children.

Mission Components

The components of the AMRUT consist of capacity building, reform implementation, water supply, sewerage and septage management, storm water drainage, urban transport and development of green spaces and parks. During the process of planning, the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) will strive to include some smart features in the physical infrastructure components. The details of the Mission components are given below.

Water Supply

i. Water supply systems including augmentation of existing water supply, water treatment plants and universal metering.

ii. Rehabilitation of old water supply systems, including treatment plants.

iii. Rejuvenation of water bodies specifically for drinking water supply and recharging of ground water.

iv. Special water supply arrangement for difficult areas, hill and coastal cities, including those having water quality problems (e.g. arsenic, fluoride)

Sewerage

i. Decentralised, networked underground sewerage systems, including augmentation of existing sewerage systems and sewage treatment plants.

ii. Rehabilitation of old sewerage system and treatment plants.

iii. Recycling of water for beneficial purposes and reuse of wastewater.

Septage

i. Faecal Sludge Management- cleaning, transportation and treatment in a cost effective manner.

ii. Mechanical and Biological cleaning of sewers and septic tanks and recovery of operational cost in full.

Storm Water Drainage

i. Construction and improvement of drains and storm water drains in order to reduce and eliminate flooding.

Urban Transport

i. Ferry vessels for inland waterways (excluding port/bay infrastructure) and buses.

ii. Footpaths/ walkways, sidewalks, foot over-bridges and facilities for non-motorised transport (e.g. bicycles).

iii. Multi-level parking.

iv. Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).

Green space and parks

i. Development of green space and parks with special provision for child-friendly components.

Reforms management & support

i. Support structures, activities and funding support for reform implementation.

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ii. Independent Reform monitoring agencies.

Capacity Building

i. This has two components- individual and institutional capacity building.

ii. The capacity building will not be limited to the Mission Cities, but will be extended to other ULBs as well.

iii. Continuation of the Comprehensive Capacity Building Programme (CCBP) after its realignment towards the new Missions.

Indicative (not exhaustive) list of inadmissible components

i. Purchase of land for projects or project related works,

ii. Staff salaries of both the States/ULBs,

iii. Power,

iv. Telecom,

v. Health,

vi. Education, and

vii. Wage employment programme and staff component.