Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) 2.0 and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) 2.0 at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi on Friday, 01-10-2021.
These missions signify a step forward in the march towards effectively addressing the challenges of rapidly urbanising India and will also help contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the PMO said.
SBM-U 2.0 envisions to make all cities ‘garbage free’ and ensure grey and black water management in all cities other than those covered under AMRUT, make all urban local bodies open defecation free+ and those with a population of less than one lakh as open defecation free++, thereby achieving the vision of safe sanitation in urban areas.
The mission will focus on source segregation of solid waste, utilising the principles of 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), scientific processing of all types of municipal solid waste and remediation of legacy dumpsites for effective solid waste management.
SBM-U and AMRUT have contributed significantly to improve the urban landscape during the last seven years, PMO has said.
The two flagship missions have augmented the capacity to deliver basic services of water supply and sanitation to the citizens,it said.
The Prime Minister dedicated the successes of transformation in the urban regeneration and cleanliness to Mahatma Gandhi. He said these missions are the result of inspiration by Mahatma Gandhi and is being realized through his ideals only. He also highlighted the ease for mothers and daughters due to the construction of toilets.
Saluting the spirit of the nation, the Prime Minister remarked that the journey of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and AMRUT Mission so far makes every countryman proud. He encapsulated the feeling when he said “In this, there is a mission, there is respect, there is dignity, there is also the ambition of a country and there is also unmatched love for the motherland”.
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PM Modi referred to street vendors and hawkers as one of the most important partners of any city in the program related to urban development. He reiterated that PM Svanidhi Yojana has come as a new ray of hope for these people. More than 46 street vendors have availed benefits under the Svanidhi scheme and 25 lakh people have received 2.5 thousand crore rupees.
PM Modi added, that these vendors are promoting digital transactions and maintaining a very good record of paying back their loans. He expressed happiness that big states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have taken the lead in implementing the scheme.
About Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0
The outlay of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 is around ₹1.41 lakh crore. The mission aims
- To make all cities ‘garbage free’
- To ensure grey and black water management in all cities other than those covered under AMRUT,
- Make all urban local bodies as ODF+ and those with a population of less than 1 lakh as ODF++, thereby achieving the vision of safe sanitation in urban areas.
- It will also focus on source segregation of solid waste, utilizing the principles of 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle),
- Scientific processing of all types of municipal solid waste and remediation of legacy dumpsites for effective solid waste management.
About AMRUT 2.0
The outlay of AMRUT 2.0 is around ₹2.87 lakh crore. It aims to provide 100% coverage of water supply to all households in around 4,700 urban local bodies by providing about 2.68 crore tap connections and 100% coverage of sewerage and septage in 500 AMRUT cities by providing around 2.64 crore sewer/ septage connections, which will benefit more than 10.5 crore people in urban areas.