Smart City Pune: Urbanisation can mitigate poverty says PM Narendra Modi

By: and | Updated: June 25, 2016 8:22 PM

PM Narendra Modi launches 14 smart city projects in Pune, marking the first anniversary of the launch of the mission.

NARENDRA MODIPM launches the ‘Smart City Mission’ projects from Pune’s 5,000-capacity Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex. These cities have proposed a total investment of Rs 48,000 crore in area development and pan-city solutions. (PTI)

Smart Cities Mission: PM Narendra Modi launched 14 smart city projects in Pune, marking the first anniversary of the launch of the mission.

PM launched the ‘Smart City Mission’ projects from Pune’s 5,000-capacity Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex. These cities have proposed a total investment of Rs 48,000 crore in area development and pan-city solutions.

The programme was attended by M. Venkaiah Naidu. Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

During the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also scoffed at the incident in which venues for the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches had been shifted due to water crisis, saying that pitches are watered throughout the year even if a match is played or not, adding sarcastically that whoever came up with the ‘incredible philosophy’ must be lauded.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate “Make Your City Smart” contest aimed at involving citizens in designing roads, junctions, parks, etc.

The NDA government launched the Smart Cities Mission in 2015 with the promise of transforming 100 cities through the application of ICT for efficient management of urban services such as sanitation, housing, water supply, waste management and urban mobility.

Here is a timeline of what happened and when:

6. 01 pm: #Smartcities are about modern facilities and becoming centres of development: PM

6.00 pm: I want to tell states that this is the ‘competition yug’ – every city has to compete to become smarter, says PM

5.58 pm: Our mission is to create wealth from waste, says PM

5.55 pm: Cities are not only growth centres. Our cities have strength & capacity to mitigate poverty.People find work in cities: PM Modi

5.54 pm: Size of roads aren’t the only way to evaluate a city. Every city has a distinct identity: PM Modi

5. 53 pm: Every city has its ‘atma’, unique identity and personality – cities have the strength to fight poverty & promote growth: PM

5. 52 pm: Let’s consider urbanisation as an opportunity. Gone are the days when it was seen as a challenge or obstacle: PM

5.50 pm: There is a positive atmosphere, of competing on development works & that too in the spirit of Jan Bhagidari: PM

5.48 pm: People have to decide about the development of their urban spaces. These decisions can’t be taken in Delhi: PM

5.45 pm: Participatory approach in a democracy is vital – this will play a crucial role in the transformation of our cities: PM Modi

5.43 pm: Gone are the days when there we competitions to be poorer. We are competing to move ahead, on the path of development: PM Modi

5.42 pm: Officials who met me wondered how we will select the cities. We didn’t select anything, the credit goes to citizens of cities selected. Credit goes to the people of each city, with their hard work and determination to make their city rank high: PM

5.40 pm: Vasundhara Raje thanked me for choosing Jaipur as one of the Smart Cities. I want to say that she should thank people of Jaipur: PM

5.38 pm: People of India are the smartest.Once their skills are harnessed, see the wonders that will happen: PM Modi

5.36 pm: This Smart city project in itself is a mass movement, and this experiment has been successful: PM Modi in Pune

5.35 pm: PM @narendramodi has begun his speech in Pune

5.30 pm: #SmartCity: Focus on smart classrooms launch, waste-to-energy project under PPP will be finalized very soon: Vasundhara Raje

5.25 pm: #SmartCity:We are one country, one nation, one people – we must work together to move forward: @MVenkaiahNaidu #Pune

5.20 pm: #SmartCity: A new urban renaissance is taking place under PM Modi’s leadership – this is your brain child: @MVenkaiahNaidu to PM

5.17 pm: #SmartCity: Any new change in our country always began in #Pune, that is why we chose Pune for this launch: @MVenkaiahNaidu

5.15 pm: #SmartCity: This is a historic moment for the nation because #SmartCities is about making life better for our people: @MVenkaiahNaidu

5. 12 pm: We have amended our laws to make landmark policies in housing, land laws to make Bhubaneshwar a vibrant city:  Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

5.10 pm: It gives me immense satisfaction that Bhubaneshwar, once ravaged by cyclone, has been ranked no 1 in Smart City challenge: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

5.07 pm: 84 projects across India worth around 2000 crore kicked off by PM

5.05 pm: AndhraPradesh CM explains how the work is being monitored in the Smart Cities project in Visakhapatnam

5.00 pm: PM Narendra Modi launches 14 smart city projects in Pune

4.52 pm: I do not understand why we considered urbanisation to be a curse. I am glad you see urbanisation as an opportunity. This smart cities initiative has taken care of the poor and stands for inclusive governance, that will transform cities: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

 4. 51 pm: I thank M Venkaiah Naidu for choosing Pune as the venue for Smart Cities mission launch: Devendra Fadnavis

4. 50 pm: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis is addressing the programme

4.35 pm: PM Narendra Modi arrives to launch Smart Cities Mission event

4.00 pm: M Venkaiah Naidu has reached #Pune for the Smart Cities mission launch event

3.35 pm: Pune students eagerly awaiting PM

2.50 pm: Quantified Cities Movement to be part of #PuneSmartCity to allow citizen participation & make planning transparent.

11.30 am: #PuneSmartCity says no to plastic waste. Introducing the Plastic Bottle Recycling Project as part of the initiative.

10.40am: Smart City projects: Modi to hold video talk with Belagavi City Corporation officials

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