Narendra Modi Govt to Invest Rs 4 Lakh Cr in Smart Cities, AMRUT and …

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Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India

The Narendra Modi government is planning to invest Rs 4 Lakh crore in smart cities, AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) and urban housing (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana) mission.

Speaking ahead of the launch of three missions, minister of urban development and HUPA, M Venkaiah Naidu said, “The central government has committed itself to spend about Rs four lakh crore on these three missions over the next five to six years, which is unprecedented.”

Naidu further elaborated that the simultaneous launch of three urban missions reflects the integrated approach of the government to urban development and these missions have been designed to be complementary to enable urban transformation.

Narendra Modi will launch three major missions today intended to transform the urban landscape of the country which in turn would enhance the quality of urban living besides driving economic growth. He will set rolling the smart cities mission, AMRUT and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for urban areas besides releasing operational guidelines for the three missions.

Smart cities mission aims at development of entire urban eco-system of cities covering physical, social, economic and institutional infrastructure. The objective is to enable better living and driving economic growth for the benefit of all sections.

This will be implemented through retrofitting, redevelopment by demolishing already built up areas with fresh layouts for intensive land use and smart solutions, Pan-city projects for the benefit of all citizens like e-governance and appropriate smart solutions. Greenfield projects can be taken up for accommodating people outside existing cities.

Under AMRUT, focus will be on providing basic infrastructure like providing tap water and sewer connections to every urban household, solid waste management, provision of roads and public transport. Promotion of urban reforms to improve urban governance will also be supported. 500 cities with a population of above one lakh each would be included in AMRUT.

Under urban housing, it is proposed to build 2 crore houses for urban poor including economically weaker sections and low income groups in urban areas by the year 2022.

Ministers of urban development and housing of states and UTs, mayors and municipal chairpersons of 500 cities with population of above one lakh, principal secretaries from states/UTs, municipal commissioners will attend the launch.

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