Modi to launch Smart Cities and AMRUT today

Modi to launch Smart Cities and AMRUT today

In a first of its kind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address elected mayors and chairpersons of 500 corporations and municipalities today and launch smart cities, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and the housing for all initiative.

Ministers of urban development, municipal affairs and housing from all the states and union territories besides elected heads of 500 municipal bodies, principal secretaries dealing with urban matters, commissioners of municipal bodies, representatives of research and academic institutions, bilateral and multilateral organizations, urban planners and experts will attend the launch and the following two day intensive interaction on new urban initiatives.

Ambassadors and high commissioners of 15 countries who have shown keen interest to be associated with the smart cities mission and other urban development efforts of the government have also been invited for the launch of the three missions.

Minister of urban development and housing & urban poverty alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu will outline the paradigm changes made in the designing and execution of new urban missions and the importance of urban reforms to be implemented to improve urban governance and delivery of services. Union ministers Anant Kumar and Piyush Goyal will also address the participants during the consultation sessions.

In addition, there will be extensive presentations and discussions including: PPP model, smart solutions and city challenge competition and role of SPV for smart cities development, city and state level planning for AMRUT, devolution of resources to states and urban local bodies by 14th Finance Commission and waste to wealth conversion experiences of the US, Europe and China.

The two day consultations are aimed at sensitizing the elected and executive heads of corporations and municipalities towards the challenges of management of urban transformation in the country and the roles they would be required to play.

Union Cabinet has cleared smart cities mission with a central outlay of Rs 48,000 crore for the next five years and AMRUT with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore.

Under smart cities mission, quality of life will be enhanced in 100 identified cities and towns by ensuring quality infrastructure, improving services through application of smart solutions and enabling a clean and sustainable environment.

Source: TeleAnalysis

Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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