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Union Cabinet approves Atal Mission AMRUT 2.0, cities will become water safe and self-reliant

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The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Atal Mission for Renewal and Urban Transformation- AMRUT 2.0 till 2025-26. The proposal to this effect was approved in the meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to the government statement, the Atal Mission (AMRUT 2.0) aims to make cities water safe and self-reliant, as a step towards a self-reliant India and through a water cyclical economy.

It said the total for AMRUT 2.0 is Rs 2,77,000 crore and this includes a central share of Rs 76,760 crore for five years from FY 2021-22 to FY 2025-26. According to the statement, the funds for the projects will be shared by the Centre, state and urban local bodies (ULBs). Central funds to the States will be released in three phases based on the State’s allocation as per the State Water Action Plan.

The mission aims to achieve universal coverage of water supply by providing household tap connections in all 4,378 statutory towns. According to the statement, the Cabinet believes that providing reliable and affordable water supply and sanitation services to urban households is a national priority. This will be achieved by providing running tap connections to all households, water source conservation-enhancement, rejuvenation of water bodies and wells, recycling/reusing treated water and rainwater harvesting.

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Under the mission, 100% coverage of domestic sewage treatment and management has been targeted in 500 AMRUT cities. Its target is to provide 2.68 crore tap connections. The Atal Mission for Renewal and Urban Transformation was launched in June 2015 to bring ease of living by providing tap connections and sewer connections to citizens in 500 cities.

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