The NDA Government prepared a blueprint to establish 100 smart cities across the nation, one of the main promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year. As part of a series of consultations on his pet project of building 100 smart cities in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a meeting with senior Government officials.
At the meeting, various officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Ministry of Information Technology made presentations with one presentation saying that “a new Chicago needs to be built every year” in the country.
The Prime Minister said at the meeting that the smart cities should be identified as hubs of economic activity and that the focus would be on turning “waste to wealth” with waste management and waste-water treatment processes, a Press Information Bureau release said.
PM Modi has asked the Ministry of Urban Development to organise a workshop on this at the soonest, where officials would focus on reforms in laws related to urban development. The Prime Minister wants the smart city initiative to aim at improving the quality of urban governance, which would then strengthen the overall governance processes in the country.
India, the second most populated country on the planet, is projected to add another 404 million urban dwellers by 2050, the largest addition in the world, followed by China with 292 million, a UN report had said this year.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had told the parliament that “smart” cities are needed to accommodate the rising numbers, pointing to a burgeoning middle-class with “aspirations of better living standards”