AMRUT mission extended by 2 more years till 2022

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News:The Central Government has decided to extend the mission period of its flagship initiative Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) by two more years till 2022.

Facts:

About AMRUT:

  • AMRUT stands for Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.
  • The mission was launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs,Government of India.
  • The mission is the new avatar of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission(JNNURM).

Purpose:The AMRUT mission aims to 

  • ensure that every household has access to a tap with assured supply of water and sewerage connection 
  • increase the amenity value of cities by developing greenery and well maintained open spaces e.g. parks and 
  • reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorized transport e.g. walking and cycling.

Features of the mission:

  • The Mission covers 500 cities that includes all cities and towns with a population of over one lakh with notified Municipalities.
  • It covers cities situated on stems of main rivers, a few state capitals and important cities located in hilly areas, islands and tourist areas.
  • AMRUT adopts a project approach to ensure basic infrastructure services relating to water supply, sewerage, storm water drains, transport 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/union territories as incentive based on achievement of reforms during the previous year.