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AMRUT is the name given by the Central Government to the project that aims to transform select 500 cities across the country into efficient urban cities. AMRUT stands for Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. It is a revamped version of the earlier similar scheme, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). It was initiated in the year 2015 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The focus of this scheme is to provide better infrastructure in the selected cities to thereby enrich the citizen’s life, especially poor.
About Amrut Scheme
AMRUT was initiated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs with a clear set of objectives. These objectives were formed with the view to achieve the purpose of the scheme that is to eventually create better or model cities for the citizens of the country.
The objectives under AMRUT are mentioned below.
The indicators and standards for the same have been prescribed by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in the form of Service Level Benchmarks (SLBs).
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has aimed at transforming 500 select cities under the scheme. This list of cities will be notified by the Government. The basis of selecting the cities that will be given the benefits of the project and transformation under AMRUT Scheme are mentioned below.
There are a few major components of the AMRUT Scheme apart from the capacity building and reform implementation as per its guidelines. Some of the other mission components that are highlighted under the scheme are mentioned below.
Storm Water Drains
In recent times we have seen many major cities coming to a standstill due to sudden flooding. Storm water drains are crucial in reduction and eventually eliminating the possibilities of floods. Hence, this is an important component of the AMRUT Scheme. The scheme, thereby, aims at constructing as well as improving the drains as well as storm water drains in the selected cities.
This component of the scheme deals with its objective to promote public transport and non-motorized transport. The means to achieve this objective are the initiatives like constructing and maintaining the footpaths, sidewalks, foot-over bridges as well as multi-level parking space.
The development of green spaces and special children zones is another objective under the AMRUT Scheme. The scheme aims to develop many green spaces and parks for the senior citizens, children as well as physically challenged persons.
1. What is the order of priorities of projects in case of water and sewage components under the scheme?
The order of priorities under the scheme is first the water projects as providing universal coverage of water supply is of top most priority followed by the overall coverage of sewage connection.
2. How many cities are covered under the AMRUT Scheme?
AMRUT Scheme covers 500 cities under its purview for transformation.
3. What is the Full form of AMRUT Scheme?
The full form of AMRUT Scheme is Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and was launched in the year 2015.
4. What are the components of AMRUT Scheme?
The main components of AMRUT Scheme are,
5. What are the highlights of AMRUT Scheme till December 2019
The highlights of AMRUT Scheme till the month of December 2015 are achieving 46% of the water connections and 28.3% of sewage connections for the period between June 2015 and December 2019.
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