AMRUT 2.0 Envisages To Make Cities ‘Water Secure’ Through Circular Economy Of Water: Centre
New Delhi: AMRUT 2.0 is designed to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all statutory towns and coverage of sewerage/septage management in 500 cities.
This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Kaushal Kishore, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.
The Government has launched Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0 (AMRUT 2.0) scheme on 01 October 2021 for the period of 05 years i.e. from the financial year 2021-22 to the financial year 2025-26.
Making the cities ‘water secure’ and thereby enhancing ease of living of citizens is major objective of the Mission.
AMRUT 2.0 will promote the circular economy of water through the development of a city water balance plan for each city focusing on recycling/reuse of treated sewage, rejuvenation of water bodies, and water conservation.
It will help cities to identify the scope for projects focusing on universal coverage of functional water tap connections, water source conservation, rejuvenation of water bodies and wells, recycling/reuse of treated used water, and rainwater harvesting. Based on the projects identified in City Water Balance Plans, Mission envisages making cities ‘water secure’ through a circular economy of water.
Mission also has a reform agenda on ease of living of citizens through reduction of non-revenue water, recycle of treated used water, rejuvenation of water bodies, augmenting double-entry accounting system, urban planning, strengthening urban finance, etc.
Other components of AMRUT 2.0 are:
- Pey Jal Survekshan to ascertain the equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater, mapping of water bodies, and promote healthy competition among the cities /towns.
- Technology Sub-Mission for water to leverage the latest global technologies in the field of water.
- Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign to spread awareness among the masses about the conservation of water.
The total indicative outlay for AMRUT 2.0 is ₹2,99,000 crore including the Central share of ₹76,760 crores for five years. This outlay includes funding of ₹22,000 crores (₹10,000 crores as Central Assistance) for ongoing projects of AMRUT till March 2023.