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Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut):
- AMRUT, Centrally Sponsored Scheme, was launched in 2015 for the transformation of 500 cities and towns into efficient urban living spaces.
- The total outlay for AMRUT is INR 50,000 crorefor five years from 2015-16 to 2019-20. Almost 50% of the total mission outlay has been allocated to water supply sector.
- To ensure that every household has access to a tap with assured supply of water and a sewerage connection
- To increase the amenity value of cities by developing greenery
- To reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorized transport e.g. walking and cycling
The Mission has 5 Thrust Areas:
- Water Supply
- Sewerage and septage management
- Storm Water Drainage to reduce flooding
- Non-motorized Urban Transport
- Green space/parks
Selection Criteria for AMRUT:
- All cities and towns with a population of over one lakh with notified Municipalities, including Cantonment Boards (Civilian areas)
- All capital cities/towns of states/ UTs, not covered in the above mentioned category
- All cities/ towns classified as heritage cities under the HRIDAY Scheme
- 13cities and towns on the stem of the main rivers with a population above 75,000 and less than 1 lakh
- 10 Cities from hill states, islands and tourist destinations (not more than one from each State).
Smart Cities Mission and AMRUT:
- The two missions that were simultaneously launched – Smart Cities Mission and AMRUT are interlinked.
- AMRUT adopts a project approach to ensure basic infrastructure services in 500 cities and towns.
- Smart Cities Mission adopts an area based approach in 100 cities with focus on core infrastructure services like: Adequate and clean Water supply, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management etc.