Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the Smart Cities Mission. Under the Smart Cities Mission, 100 new smart cities, which would promote adoption of smart solutions for efficient use of available assets and enhance the quality of urban life, would be made.
He also launched the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart Cities Mission, and Housing for All (Urban).
He said private property developers should not decide how a city should grow and the decision should be taken by residents and the city leadership, as he unveiled three mega flagship urban schemes aimed at developing cities as engines of growth.
We highlight the 10 key points from PM Narendra Modi’s speech at the Smart Cities Mission launch:
* Urbanisation should be viewed as an opportunity and urban centres should be viewed as growth engines
* India is rapidly urbanising. Every year Hindustan gives birth to a small country
* Smart City will be selected through a competition among cities while 500 cities are being identified under AMRUT.
* For the first time in India, a challenge was being floated, in which the citizens of urban India could contribute in the formulation of development visions of their cities. This competitive mechanism would end the top-down approach, and lead to people-centric urban development.
* These urban development schemes were not prepared by the Government alone, but involved perhaps the biggest consultation exercise ever taken by the Union Government, involving all stakeholders and examining global best practices.
* There is a lack of holistic vision about urban planning, and expansion is driven not by the administrators of a city, but by property developers.
* Through AMRUT, the aim of the Government is to give cities themselves the chance to plan their future growth
* There should be facility for walk-to-work because today a person spends maximum time in travelling to office and gets very little time to work
* A house was a turning point in the lives of poor, which leads towards a better life and the government’s effort was to not just provide a house, but to provide the right environment to live life to the fullest.”
* Citing the existing housing shortage of 2 crore units, he said India would complete 75 years of Independence in 2022, and by then, it was “our responsibility to provide a house for everyone.
* The country’s 40 per cent population lives in cities and it is the responsibility of the government to uplift their standards of life. We cannot leave them on their fate