Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, Dr Arvind Panagariya, said that the government has selected 100 cities for smart city development, based on competition, without any iota of controversy, which was highly laudable, reported an official release by the GoI on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
Basic features of a smart city include slum-free city environment, proper delivery of city services, including clean water, quality and assured power, affordable housing, and meeting the needs of children, women and the aged. He stressed on the need for optimal use of scarce urban land through vertical development.
Minister of Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu asserted that implementation of Smart City Mission is certainly changing the way the city governments are addressing issues of urban planning and execution.
Reportedly, he spoke on various aspects of the development of smart cities in the country at the knowledge sharing workshop on ‘Smart Cities and Informed Urbanisation’, organised by NITI Aayog and University of New South Wales, Australia.
The Minister further stated that all new urban sector missions, launched over the last two years, aim at inclusive urban development, benefitting all sections.
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