Know all about Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban)

By Sudheer Kumar K|Updated : February 24th, 2021

During the Budget speech, the Union Finance Minister announced JAL JEEVAN MISSION (URBAN) which has been intended to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns. This is in accordance with SDG Goal- 6- clean water and sanitation.


Salient features of Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban)

  • In Budget 2021-22, the Union Finance Minister has proposed for launching JJM(U) with a total outlay of ₹2,87,000 crore, which includes ₹10,000 crores for financial support to AMRUT Mission.
  • The JJM (U) will be implemented over next 5 years for achieving a universal water supply in urban areas.
  • Ministry of Jal Shakti is the nodel 
  • Public-private partnership has been proposed for cities having a million-plus population to take up PPP projects worth a minimum of 10 per cent of their total project fund allocation.
  • Funding for the Mission: 
    • It is a centrally sponsored scheme.
    • 100% funding for Union Territories.
    • Central funding for projects in North-East will be 90%.
    • Central funding will be 50% for cities with less than 1 lakh population, 33% for cities with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population and 25% for cities with a million-plus population.
    • Funding will be in three tranches of 20:40:40.
    • The third instalment will be released on the basis of outcomes achieved.
  • The mission will be monitored through a technology-based platform on which beneficiary response will be monitored along with progress and output-outcome.

Also Read: Jal Jeevan Mission (Rural)

Other Key Points of the JJM(U) Mission

  • JJM(U) is proposed to:
    • Cover the estimated gap of 2.68 crores in urban household tap connections
    • Cover the estimated gap of 2.64 crores in sewer connections/septage in 500 AMRUT cities
  • Rejuvenation of eroded water bodies to augment sustainable freshwater supply
  • creating sponge cities to reduce floods
  • creating green spaces and
  • Urban Aquifer Management plan to enhance the amenity value
  • JJM (U) will promote the circular economy of water through:
    • Development of city water balance plan for each city focusing on recycling/reuse of treated sewage,
    • Rejuvenation of water bodies and water conservation.
    • 20% of water demand to be met by reused water with the development of an institutional mechanism.
  • Technology Sub-Mission for water to leverage the latest global technologies in the field of water management.
  • Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign to spread awareness among people about the conservation of water.
  • Pey Jal Survekshan will be conducted in cities to promote equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater and mapping of water bodies in relation to quantity and quality of water through a challenging process. 

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