Bharatiya Janata Party’s PM candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is now trying to reach out to voters in urban constituencies by offering a model for urban development and planning.
Speaking at the Vibrant Gujarat urban development summit in Ahmedabad on Thursday, Modi charted out his blueprint for the country’s urban development, “Cities need the people-participation model. Instead of PPP, we now need the PPPP (people-public-private participation) mode. Urbanisation is not a challenge; we should make it our strength.”
BJP is focusing to consolidate its vote share in the 201 urban constituencies.
Modi said his government will run a pilot project in 50 cities of the state for generating power, fertiliser and reusable water by setting up solid waste management and water-treatment plants. The power and reusable water and fertiliser generated by these plants will be provided to rural areas for agriculture use, he said.
“This is part of a two-way strategy in which both urban as well as rural areas gain. This will also stem the flow of migrants to urban areas as these steps will result in the long-term development of rural areas,” he said.
Modi added that the subsidy, which is provided to farmers to buy fertiliser and power, can then be used to fund similar projects or bridge-finance the existing ones.
The day-long meet drew urban planning experts, administrators and city municipal corporation staff from Japan, Bhutan, Colombia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, along with participation from 132 domestic cities and 450 districts of India.