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Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation

AMRUT stands for Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. It is a national urban renewal program. This was launched by the Government of India in 2015. The scheme aims to improve the quality of life in urban areas. It provides basic amenities such as water supply, sewerage, and stormwater drainage. It also aims to improve the urban environment by promoting green spaces and public transportation. There are many cities which are not included for example in Telangana, following cities is not included in amrut mission: Medak and Sangareddy.

What is Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation?

Amrut scheme was launched on 25 June 2015. It comes under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs of the Government of India in compliance with the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). In accordance with the Atal Mission for rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.

Highlights of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation

AMRUT is on a mission to ensure that every household in our cities has access to essential services like clean water, proper sewerage, and reliable urban transport. This initiative is all about enhancing the lives of everyone, with a special focus on helping the less fortunate. It’s not just a local effort—it’s a national priority. Currently, there are five hundred cities that have been carefully chosen to benefit from AMRUT, each one representing a community where these improvements will make a significant difference.

  • List of Cities and Towns with a population exceeding one lakh, governed by notified Municipalities according to the Census of 2011, inclusive of Cantonment Boards (Civilian areas).
  • List of Capital Cities/Towns of States/Union Territories not mentioned previously.
  • List of Cities/Towns designated as Heritage Cities by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) under the HRIDAY Scheme.
  • Thirteen Cities and Towns situated along the main rivers, with a population ranging from over 75,000 to less than one lakh.
  • Ten Cities representing hill states, islands, and tourist destinations, with the constraint of selecting not more than one from each State.

Objectives of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation

The purpose of the Amrut scheme is listed below.

  • Ensuring that every home has access to clean tap water and a reliable sewage connection.
  • Making cities more beautiful and enjoyable by creating more green spaces like parks and ensuring they are well-maintained.
  • Reducing pollution by encouraging the use of public transportation or building infrastructure for walking and cycling.
  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has set standards called Service Level Benchmarks (SLBs) to measure progress on these goals, which are especially important to women.
  • The main focus of the Mission is first on improving water supply, followed by sewerage systems.

Components of AMRUT Mission

The AMRUT’s components include capacity building, reform implementation, water supply, s sewerage, and septage management, stormwater drainage, urban transportation, and the development of parks and green spaces. The Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) will make an effort to incorporate some smart features in the physical infrastructure components during the planning process. The components are explained in detail below.

Water Supply

  • Water supply systems including augmentation of existing water supply, water treatment plants, and universal metering.
  • Rehabilitation of old water supply systems, including treatment plants.
  • Rejuvenation of water bodies specifically for drinking water supply and recharging of groundwater.
  • Special water supply arrangements for difficult areas, hill, and coastal cities, including those having water quality problems (e.g., arsenic, fluoride).


  • Decentralised, networked underground sewerage systems, which include augmentation of existing sewerage systems and sewage treatment plants.
  • Rehabilitation of old sewerage system and treatment plants.
  • Reusing wastewater and recycling water for beneficial purposes.

Storm Water Drainage

  • To lessen and eventually eliminate flooding, stormwater drainage systems are being constructed and improved.

Urban Transport

  • Footpaths/ walkways, sidewalks, foot over-bridges, and facilities for non-motorized transport (e.g. bicycles).
  • Multi-level parking.

Green space/parks

  • Creation of green space and parks with unique features for young people, the older people, and Divyang-friendly components.

Eligibility for Amrut Mission

Here are the eligibility criteria for the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation scheme:

  • The AMRUT scheme caters to cities and towns with a population exceeding one lakh (100,000) based on the 2011 census data.
  • The AMRUT scheme also covers capital cities of states and union territories.
  • The scheme extends to heritage cities identified by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • Cities situated along the banks of major rivers are eligible to benefit from the AMRUT scheme.
  • Furthermore, the AMRUT scheme also considers cities with tourist potential for inclusion.

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