Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ambitious smart city project at the Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Saturday. Title as ‘Smart City Mission’ projects, 14 projects in Pune, 69 other projects will commence in other parts of the country entailing a total cost of Rs 1,770 crore.
PM also inaugurate d ‘Make Your City SMART’ contest, aimed at involving citizens in designing smart cities, with a reward ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs one lakh for winners.
These projects include housing projects for urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and area development and technology based pan-city solutions under Smart Cities Mission.
Speaking at the occasion Prime Minister said people of India are the smartest. Once their skills are harnessed then see the wonders that will happen.
“Selection of smart cities became a mass movement. Officials who met me wondered how we will select the cities. We didn’t select anything the credit goes to citizens of cities selected,” said the Prime Minister addressing 5000 people.
Prime Minister said that people of the cities have to decide about the development of their urban spaces. These decisions can’t be taken in Delhi
“There is a positive atmosphere, of competing on development works and that too in the spirit of Jan Bhagidari,” said the PM.
Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu who is the nodal Minister dealing the smart city project said called it a new urban renaissance is taking place. Lives of people in cities will be made better.
On the occasion, all the first batch of 20 smart cities under Smart City Mission linked through video-conferencing. These 20 cities have proposed a total investment of Rs 48,000 crore in area development and pan-city solutions.
Some of the projects launched include New Delhi Municipal Council area where mini-sewerage treatment plants, 444 smart classrooms, bio-methanation plant, WiFi, smart LED streetlights, city surveillance and command and control centre.
Besides Maharashtra’s Pune, other cities whose projects were launched include Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Kochi (Kerala) and Belagavi (Karnataka).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was earlier welcomed by Governor of Maharashtra Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.