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Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation

The Government of India, along with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has established AMRUT - Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transportation in 2015. The mission of AMRUT is to provide basic services (e.g. water supply, sewerage, urban transport) to households and build amenities in cities which will improve the quality of life for all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged. This is a centrally sponsored scheme. Hence, the total funds allocated for the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation is Rs. 50,000 crore for a period of five years from the financial year 2015-16 to 2019-20.

Objectives of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation

The main objectives of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation are:

  1. Ensure that every household has access to a tap with assured supply of water and sewerage connection.
  2. Increase the amenity value of cities by developing greenery and well maintained open spaces (e.g. parks).
  3. Reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorized transport (e.g. walking and cycling).
  4. Reform Implementation
  5. Installation of storm water drains.
  6. Raise the level of public transport service.

Difference between the AMRUT and the Smart Cities Mission

The difference between the two schemes are:

  1. AMRUT has a wider reach in terms of the number of cities covered (includes 500 cities and towns) while the Smart Cities Mission will focus on the development of 100 selected cities.
  2. The funds under AMRUT will be proportionately less since it covers a large number of cities. The funds under the Smart Cities Mission are Rs. 100 crores per year for a period of five years.
  3. AMRUT focuses mainly on transformation and overhaul of the infrastructural framework of the cities and towns. The Smart Cities Mission is targeted towards improving and enhancing the current, existing basic infrastructures in the cities it has chosen.

Cities Covered under AMRUT

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FAQs on AMRUT

What amount has been allocated for the AMRUT mission during 2018-2019?

Rs. 50,000 crore is the total amount of funds for the AMRUT mission.

How many cities are under AMRUT?

There are 500 cities and towns covered under the AMRUT scheme.

When was Niti Aayog formed?

The NITI Aayog is a policy think tank of the Government of India. It was formed on January 1st, 2015.

What is the full form of Hriday?

The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, launched the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) to focus on holistic development of heritage cities. The scheme aims to preserve and revitalise soul of the heritage city to reflect the city’s unique character by encouraging aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative & secured environment.

What is the full form of AMRUT?

The full form of AMRUT is Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.