Smart City Project To Get Momentum In April

Smart city project is expected to be rolled out next month which shows that the NDA government’s vision of creating 100 Smart Cities across the country has started acquiring tangible shape now. The much awaited Smart Cities project will get all the necessary approvals by the end of this month. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said action on land will begin as soon as we receive all the approvals while addressing a seminar on Smart Cities on Monday.

Last year, NDA government had declared the mission of creating 100 Smart Cities across the nation that will be based on better technology, superior management and modern governance.He described the Smart Cities Project as the “Biggest Buzz” and “Flavour of the season” across India. He also said that NDA government is constantly working on this project to meet the challenges of growing urbanization.On how a smart city is different from a city in which smart things happen, the Minister said a three-fold approach was taken.The project will take place in three parts which included retrofitting and redevelopment of unsustainable urban areas and making them ready for the development of smart cities. The process also included development of new smart cities.

The selection of the Smart City will be strictly on the basis of the criteria laid out by the government and no other consideration( including political ones) will be taken into account.It took a lot of consultations to convey our ideas. There were about four rounds of consultations with states to convey to them our ideas and to take their suggestions and feedback, he said. “Since we intend to select cities for development as smart cities based on their proven capabilities and willingness to take forward the much desired urban reforms, we took them on board regarding the criteria to be followed for such selection through a ‘City Challenge’ competition,” he said

Main objective of urban development is to ensure that urban spaces are equitably shared by all the sections instead of only the rich and affordable benefiting from it.

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