Prime Minister to launch 83 smart city projects today

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Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu releases a booklet at a press conference to announce the results of Fast Track Smart City Competition. The booklet gives details of urban sector initiatives.

Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu releases a booklet at a press conference to announce the results of Fast Track Smart City Competition. The booklet gives details of urban sector initiatives.

Marking the first anniversary of the announcement of the government’s flagship programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the ‘Smart City Mission’ projects from Pune’s 5,000-capacity Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex today.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Smart City projects on June 25, 2016, kick-starting execution of Smart City Plans of 20 cities selected in the first round of ‘Smart City Challenge Competition’,” said Urban Development Ministry release.

The function will be attended by Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagara Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, among others.

Modi will also inaugurate ‘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.

“Many of these projects are related to solid waste management under Swachh Bharat Mission, water supply projects, sewage treatment plants and development of open and green spaces under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT),” Said official.

Representational image-PTI

Representational image-PTI

Modi is launching 14 projects in Pune, while 69 others will commence in other parts of the country entailing a total cost of Rs 1,770 crore.

PM will also inaugurate ‘Smart Net Portal’ which enables the cities under different urban missions to share ideas and solutions for various issues during the implementation of various missions.

On the occasion, all the first batch of 20 smart cities under Smart City Mission will be 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 to be 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 would be initiated.

Besides Maharashtra’s Pune, other cities whose projects would be launched include Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Kochi (Kerala) and Belagavi (Karnataka).