The Narendra Modi government has approved the Smart Cities Mission under which 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.
Smart cities will be selected through a bottom-up rather than top-down approach, where the decision would be made by the citizens and municipalities concerned, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.
“For the first time such an approach is being taken, where neither the centre nor states will decide. The decision to become a smart city will be taken by the citizens themselves, by the municipalities,” Modi said launching the three missions on Smart Cities, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and Housing for All. He said while private developers know in which direction a city will grow and accordingly build homes, what is usually missing is the infrastructure that is key for living.
“Unless the city leadership does not know how the city will grow, it will not work. Through AMRUT, we will plan,” Modi said, adding development cannot be such that it becomes a tussle between cities and villages. Modi also said the image of the builder lobby is very poor in this country. “This government isworried about the protection of consumers. There is a Bill in parliament already,” referring to the real estate regulatory Bill.
The government has approved the Smart Cities Mission under which 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. Each selected city would get central assistance of Rs 100 crore per year for five years.