June 2017

India’s Urban Development Witnessing a New Beginning

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M Venkaiah Naidu
Union Minister for Urban Development,
Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation,
Information & Broadcasting

There is a major shift in approach towards urban development in the last two years with citizen participation, incentivising reforms and ranking of cities, said M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting during the Smart City Summit, Raipur.

India is witnessing a major shift in the approach towards urban development in the country with more citizen participation and reforms paving the way for emergence of a new urbanised India.

Participating in the three-day Smart City Summit Raipur, organised by Raipur Municipal Corporation in association with Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd, Naidu, the Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Information and Broadcasting, said: “We have collectively made a new beginning addressing the deficiencies in urban planning and the results have begun to flow.”

“Projects worth Rs 662 crore have been launched for providing 85,000 water connections in Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Ambikapur and Jagdalpur areas of Chhattisgarh.”

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh with Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu at the Smart City Summit, Raipur

There is a “major shift in approach towards urban development in the last two years with citizen participation, incentivising reforms and ranking of cities”, he said, adding “smart cities should focus on green energy”.

Launching a number of projects worth hundreds of crores of rupees to facilitate transforming the face of Chhattisgarh’s capital city under the Smart City Mission, Naidu sanctioned order to construct 11,000 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) across 20 cities of Chhattisgarh at a cost of Rs 512 crore.

Addressing delegates linked to Smart Cities, the Information and Broadcasting Minister said: “Chhattisgarh will have separate DD channel. There will also be one-hour show on Chhattisgarh show on DD Bhopal.”

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu launching various initiatives at the summit

On this occasion, Naidu, also launched projects worth Rs 662 crore for providing 85,000 water connections in Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Ambikapur and Jagdalpur areas of the State.

Naidu also said he was “happy to launch Smart City Raipur projects worth Rs 144.6 crore which will dramatically transform the face of Raipur”.

Naidu also launched a special Coffee Table Book, brought out on the occasion of 150 years of Raipur Municipal Corporation.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu launching the door-to-door garbage collection rickshaws

On this occasion, Naidu, who flagged off door to door garbage collection rickshaws, also distributed Certificates and Cheques to beneficiaries of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) – Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS).

He also handed over the keys of eight air-conditioned buses to Korba worth Rs 2.8 crore.

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