Jharkhand becomes first state in country get approval for all schemes under AMRUT 2.0

Ranchi: Under the guidance of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, the Central Government has given approval to all the schemes sent by the state government for AMRUT 2.0, with this, Jharkhand has become the first state in the whole country get approval for all the schemes under the plan.

To provide free drinking water to every household in the urban area, wastewater management in 7 major cities of the state, rejuvenation of water sources in all the bodies and to develop of greenery by 2025-26 are the targets set under AMRUT 2.0 in Jharkhand. Ramgarh, Simdega, Lohardaga, Gumla, Jamtara, Barharwa, Barkisariya, Bachra, Chhatarpur, Hariharganj, Banshidhar, Dhanwar, Mahagama, Domchanch, Kapali and Vishrampur have joined the municipal bodies to be benefited under AMRUT 2.0. In order to strengthen water supply and other urban resources in 500 cities of the country, the Central government has approved 100 percent schemes of the Jharkhand government for the recently launched Atal Renewal and Urban Transformation Mission (AMRUT) 2.0.

In the first phase, a total of six states had sent the proposal, in which Jharkhand is the first state, whose plans have been approved first. With the approval of these schemes, the water supply system of 16 municipal bodies of the state will be improved. Along with this, work will also be accelerated in the area of waste water management in Seven Amrut City. Under the guidance of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sukhdeo Singh, a state-level high-powered steering committee had been constituted for the selection of schemes to be sent by the state government for AMRUT 2.0.

This committee had given the green signal to the schemes, after which the schemes were sent to the Centre. The Chief Minister is sensitive about the supply of drinking water from tap water to every house in the urban area and this is the reason that the meter connection in every house has already been made free.

The state government has already announced a free water supply to the families using water in controlled quantities, irrespective of the scheme under which water connection is available. A tripartite agreement was signed in September 2021 between the state government, the central government and the municipal bodies under the guidelines received under the AMRUT 2.0 mission.

The City Water Balance Plan was prepared and sent to the Government of India by January 2022 through an online portal by 50 municipal bodies of the state and the Ramgarh Cantonment Board. City Water Action Plan was prepared by 16 municipal bodies of the state, where citizens were deprived of drinking water supply.

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