Understanding the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme  

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March 30, 2024

Understanding the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme  


  • The Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, initiated by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, is aimed at enhancing infrastructure in designated cities and towns across India. Recently, 39 additional sewage treatment plants (STPs) have been sanctioned under this scheme, highlighting its ongoing efforts towards urban development.

Overview of AMRUT Scheme:

  • Launched in 2015, the AMRUT scheme initially targeted 500 cities and towns. Subsequently, it was integrated into AMRUT 2.0 in 2021, extending its scope and objectives. The scheme primarily focuses on bolstering basic amenities such as water supply, sewage and septage management, stormwater drainage, green spaces, parks, and non-motorized urban transport. Additionally, it incorporates urban reforms and capacity building initiatives to enhance city infrastructure comprehensively.

Key Features of AMRUT 2.0:

  • AMRUT 2.0, spanning from 2021 to 2026, aims for universal water supply coverage through functional tap connections in all households across statutory towns nationwide. It also seeks to address sewerage and septage management in the 500 cities initially targeted by the scheme. Notably, AMRUT 2.0 emphasizes the establishment of a circular water economy, promoting initiatives such as City Water Balance Plans (CWBP) to encourage sewage recycling, water body rejuvenation, and conservation practices.

Objectives and Scope:

  • The scheme facilitates the identification and implementation of projects geared towards achieving universal water tap connections, water source preservation, water recycling, rainwater harvesting, and the restoration of water bodies and wells in urban areas. Furthermore, it encompasses a reform agenda aimed at improving citizens’ quality of life, including measures to reduce non-revenue water, promote sewage recycling, rejuvenate water bodies, implement urban planning strategies, and strengthen urban financial systems.

Additional Components of AMRUT 2.0:

  • AMRUT 2.0 introduces complementary initiatives such as the Pey Jal Survekshan to ensure equitable water distribution, wastewater reuse, and the mapping of water resources, fostering healthy competition among cities. Moreover, a Technology Sub-Mission for water is established to leverage cutting-edge global technologies in water management, complemented by an Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign to raise public awareness about water conservation practices.


With a total indicative outlay of ₹2,99,000 crore, including a Central share of ₹76,760 crore over five years, AMRUT 2.0 represents a significant commitment towards enhancing urban infrastructure and promoting sustainable water management practices across India’s cities and towns. Through its multifaceted approach and comprehensive strategies, the scheme aims to foster inclusive and resilient urban development nationwide

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