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June 4 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm


The Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) was launched in 2015 to enhance basic infrastructure and implement urban reforms in selected cities across India, covering about 60% of the urban population. 


AMRUT 2.0 Scheme Overview: 

  • Launched in 2021, AMRUT 2.0 aims to extend the mission to about 4,900 statutory towns in the country, focusing on universal coverage of water supply and sewerage management. 
  • It promotes the circular economy of water through initiatives like City Water Balance Plan (CWBP) and emphasizes urban reforms for ease of living, such as reducing non-revenue water and strengthening urban finance. 

Components of AMRUT 2.0: 

  • Pey Jal Survekshan: A survey to ensure equitable water distribution, wastewater reuse, and mapping of water bodies. 
  • Technology Sub-Mission for Water: Leveraging global technologies for water management. 
  • Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign: Spreading awareness about water conservation among the masses. 

Status of AMRUT 2.0 Scheme: 

  • The total outlay for ongoing projects until March 2023 is Rs. 2,99,000 crore. 
  • AMRUT has positively impacted women’s lives by reducing the effort required to fetch water and decreasing the disease burden due to improved access to safe drinking water. 

Challenges in Implementation: 

  • State Project Implementation: Some states like Bihar and Assam have lagged in project completion, leading to less than 50% execution completion in most states. 
  • Program Scope: The scheme’s project-focused approach lacks a holistic perspective. 
  • Overlaps and Convergence Challenges: AMRUT overlaps with other schemes, posing funding allocation challenges and increased workload. 
  • Unaddressed Air Pollution: Shifting solely to water and sewerage has left unresolved air quality issues. 
  • Non-Inclusive Governance Structure: Lack of organic participation from elected city governments makes the scheme less inclusive. 

Steps to Revamp AMRUT Scheme: 

  • Financial Solutions: Local urban bodies should diversify financial resources instead of relying solely on top-down funding. 
  • Holistic Approach: Urban water management should consider climate change, rainfall patterns, and existing infrastructure, adopting nature-based solutions and empowering local bodies. 
  • Community Engagement: Encouraging participation from community groups can enhance housing schemes’ effectiveness by soliciting ideas and feedback from grassroots levels. 
  • Learning from Success Stories: Studying successful case studies can provide valuable insights for addressing hygiene and sanitation challenges. 
  • Innovation and Research: Establishing innovation hubs to foster industry-specific research and development can spur innovative solutions and technologies. 


Revamping the AMRUT scheme requires addressing implementation challenges and adopting a holistic approach that integrates community engagement, learning from success stories, and fostering innovation. This will ensure effective infrastructure development and urban transformation across India. 


June 4
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
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