Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a high-level meeting on the smart cities initiative, beginning a series of consultations to be held on the project. According to a statement released by the Prime Ministers Office (PMO), the PM said, One of the aims of the smart city initiative should be to improve the quality of urban governance, thereby lending greater strength to the overall governance processes of the country.
The PM called for identifying parameters that could be laid down for smart cities. Modi asked officials to identify the basics of infrastructure, quality of life and citizen-centric services that would lead to cities being identified as hubs of economic activity. Focus on solid waste management and waste water treatment would also play an important role in the development of smart cities, the statement said. The ministry of urban development has been asked to organize a workshop for all central and state authorities that would focus on smart cities and on reforms in law related to urban governance. The meeting was attended by officials from the PMO, ministry of urban development and from the ministry of information technology.
Source: Live Mint
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