Smart Cities to enable decent quality of life, clean environment, promote smart solutions and citizen centric approach
Shri Venkaiah Naidu has broadly defined the concept of Smart City as “One(City) having provision of basic infrastructure to give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of Smart Solutions, keeping citizens at the centre”. He further said that the Smart Cities Mission involves ‘an area based approach’ and it is meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City. Shri Naidu observed that this Mission is expected to catalyse creation of similar Smart Cities in various regions and parts of the country.
The Minister informed the House that Smart City aspirants will be selected based on a ‘City Challenge Competition’. He said that cities will be graded based on their revenues, expenditure, availability of infrastructure relating to transport, drinking water, solid waste management etc. Shri Naidu emphasized the need for smart leadership and smart people to achieve the objectives of the Smart Cities Mission by undertaking the much needed urban reforms.
Elaborating on the benefits of India-US Cooperation in making Visakhapatnam, Allahabad and Ajmer as Smart Cities, Shri Naidu said that that the US will extend technical support for preparing Master Plans for these three cities besides assisting in capacity building and undertaking feasibility studies etc. He clarified that there will be no financial support from the US. The United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA) has signed MoU with the States of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in this regard.
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