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Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman – Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, along with Mr. Anurag Singh Thakur – Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, and other senior officials. She presented the General Budget 2021-22 in New Delhi today (Photo Credit: PIB)

India: India’s Finance Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget speech today, has announced that the Jal Jeevan Mission will get an outlay of Rs. 2.87 Lakh Crore for 4,378 for its Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

The new Jal Jeevan Mission Urban will be launched with and outlay of Rs. 2.87 lakh crore over 5 years – aimed at universal water supply in all 4,378 urban local bodies of India, with 2.86 crore household tap connections and liquid waste management in 500 AMRUT cities.

The Government has also announced Urban Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 with outlay of Rs. 1,41,678 Crore over 5 years from 2021 for Complete Fecal Sludge Management, Wastewater Treatment, Source Segregation, Management of Waste from Urban Construction, and Bioremediation of Legacy Dump Sites.

Excerpts from the Official Budget Speech of Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman – Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs…

Universal Coverage of Water Supply

A) The World Health Organization has repeatedly stressed the importance of clean water, sanitation, and clean environment, as a pre-requisite to achieving universal health.
B) The Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban), will be launched. It aims at universal water supply in all 4,378 Urban Local Bodies with 2.86 crores household tap connections, as well as liquid waste management in 500 AMRUT cities. It will be implemented over 5 years, with an outlay of Rs. 2,87,000 crores.

Swachch Bharat, Swasth Bharat

For further swachhta of urban India, we intend to focus on complete faecal sludge management and wastewater treatment, source segregation of garbage, reduction in single-use plastic, reduction in air pollution by effectively managing waste from construction-and-demolition activities and bio-remediation of all legacy dump sites. The Urban Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 will be implemented with a total financial allocation of Rs. 1,41,678 crores over a period of 5 years from 2021-2026.

The Industry Reacts on the Union Budget 2021…

Geared Towards Recovery, Revival And Growth For A Sustainable And Inclusive Economy – Tomohiko Okada, Managing Director, Toshiba India

A Testament To Resolve For Strengthening Local Manufacturing Base – Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss India

The Budget Seems To Have A Lot Of Promise For GIS: Agendra Kumar, President, Esri India

A Game-Changing Budget…Will Catalyze Movement Toward Achieving SDG-6: NFSSM Alliance

A Holistic Look At Sustainable Water & Wastewater Management In India: George Rajkumar, Country President, Grundfos India

More Support Needed To Enable Startups – Dr. Vibha Tripathi, Founder & CEO, Swajal

JJM (Urban) Needs To Take Forward Institutional & Financial Reforms – Anil Bansal, Director – Urban Infrastructure, IPE Global

Hope To See More Amount Being Used In Adoption Of Modern Technologies – Shishir Thakur, Co-founder, Cranberry Analytics

As Path Breaking As It Was The Ground-Level Of Country – Ashwani Rawat & Amarsh Chaturvedi, Co-Founders & Directors, Transerve

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