Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu said that the New Urban Development Mission for 500 cities will take off next month.
“The necessary approvals for the New Urban Development Mission would be obtained at the earliest so that they can take off the ground next month,” the minister said.
Basic urban services and amenities will be provided under the New Urban Development Mission for 500 cities.
The Urban Development Minister said that the government is committed to enable sustainable and inclusive urban development to promote societal progress and economic opportunities for all.
He also expressed concern over the unsustainable urban practices in the country. “The urban sector initiatives are intended to promote efficient use of urban land, water and electricity to ensure that urbaniSation does not benefit the rich alone. “
He said that that architects have an important role to play in promoting sustainable urbanisation through effective planning of physical spaces that promote living in harmony with the nature.