PM Modi Launches Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 And AMRUT 2.0 To Make Urban Areas ‘Garbage Free’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday (1 October), launched Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) 2.0 and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) 2.0.

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 as ODF+ and those with a population of less than 1 lakh as ODF++.

And AMRUT 2.0 aims to provide 100 per cent coverage of water supply to all households in around 4,700 urban local bodies by providing about 2.68 crore tap connections and 100 per cent coverage of sewerage and septage in 500 AMRUT cities by providing approximately 2.64 crore sewer/septage connections, which will benefit more than 10.5 crore people in urban areas.

Enumerating the steps taken to take the cleanliness campaign to the next level, the Prime Minister noted that today, India is processing about one lakh tonnes of waste every day.

“When the country started the campaign in 2014, less than 20 per cent of the waste generated every day in the country was processed. Today we are processing about 70 per cent of daily waste. Now we have to take it to 100 per cent,” he said.

The Prime Minister also talked about enhanced allocations for the Urban Development Ministry. He said that in the preceding seven years before 2014, the Ministry was given about 1.25 lakh crore rupees, while in seven years from 2014, almost four lakh crore rupees were allocated for the Ministry.