Centre Govt. to Add 40 More Cities under Smart Cities Mission by Next Month
Yesterday (11.01.2017), Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that the central government is going to add 40 more cities to the list of towns it wants to develop as Smart Cities by next month. The government will provide funds for initiating urban reforms.
By this addition of new cities, the total count of smart cities will reach to 100. Since January last year, the government has announced three lists of smart cities which will get Rs 200 crore for improving their infrastructure.
At Vibrant Gujrat Global Summit, the Urban Development Minister said that there is a new urban renaissance taking place. They have problems, but our cities and towns are galvanized to meet new challenges, new ideas, and the new orientation.
He said that the main aim is to make cities more livable. They have identified 100 cities across the country as 60 cities are already on the move. This month or next month, we will be adding another 40 cities to take it to 100 smart cities across the country. But even 100 is not sufficient for a country of India’s size.
Naidu said the housing sector offers ample opportunities, following various schemes announced by the government.
He said that ‘Housing for All by 2022’ is the ambitious program launched by the Prime Minister. There have been announcements recently on lowering interest rates for affordable housing and, this coupled with Real Estate Regulation and Development Bill will be a boon for the housing sector.
He said that India is the only bright spot in a world where economic growth rates are slowing down.
Naidu said that the country is undergoing a massive transformation. He added that there is now a “healthy competition” among the states on developmental issues. “States are competing, there is a healthy competition amongst States, vis a vis development.
Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the governance narrative has changed from “populism” to “peopleism”, with the latter on the best interest of citizens.
Naidu said on making Delhi’s landmark Connaught Place vehicle-free that the response to the proposal had been positive. He also said that it should be a place for people to eat, meet and greet. I want such places all across the country.
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