Ambassadors and High Commissioners of 15 countries who have shown keen interest to be associated with the Smart Cities Mission and other urban development efforts of the Government have also been invited for the launch of the three Missions.
Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu will preside the meeting and address the participants outlining the paradigm changes made in the designing and execution of new urban missions and the importance of urban reforms to be implemented to improve urban governance and delivery of services. Union Ministers Shri Anant Kumar who is also former Urban Development Minister and Shri Piyush Goyal will also address the participants during the consultation sessions on Waste to Compost and Waste to Energy proposals.
Keeping in view the important role to be played by the States and Urban Local Bodies in the effective execution of new urban missions, the Ministry of Urban Development has organized two days of consultations on June 25 and 26, 2015 on various aspects of their implementation. These include four Sessions on Smart City development, AMRUT, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Swachh Bharat Mission.
In addition, there will be extensive presentations and discussions on 15 themes and issues including: PPP Model, Smart Solutions and City Challenge Competition and Role of Special Purpose Vehicle for Smart Cities development, City and State Level Planning for AMRUT, Devolution of resources to States and Urban Local Bodies by 14th Finance Commission, case studies relating to Local Area Planning in Ahmedabad, Redevelopment of Bhendi Bazar in Mumbai, Innovative Citizen Driven Solutions and Property Tax Collection Enhancement by Hyderabad, Development of New Town of Kolkata, Action Plan for Open Defecation Free cities of Chattisgarh, Promotion of Public Toilets in Tamil Nadu and Community Toilets in Pune, Water Supply scheme of Nagpur, Conversion of Waste to Compost in Karnataka, Waste to Energy and Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Plants of Delhi, Waste to Wealth conversion experiences of the US, Europe and China etc.
The two consultations are aimed at sensitizing the elected and executive heads of Corporations and Municipalities towards the challenges of management of urban transformation in the country and the roles they would be required to play.
Union Cabinet has cleared Smart Cities Mission with a Central Outlay of Rs.48,000 cr for the next five years and AMRUT with an outlay of Rs.50,000 cr. The urban component of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana targeting construction of 2 crore houses for Economically Weaker Sections and Low Income Groups has been approved with a substantially increased interest subvention of 6.50% for affordable housing loans. Central help under this scheme will range from Rs.one lakh to Rs.2.30 lakh per each house to be built over the next 7 years.
500 cities and towns, with a population of one lakh and above each accounts for 73% of urban population of the country and are also the main focus of the Government under AMRUT to ensure basic infrastructure and for housing in the initial years of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
June 25, 2015 marks a Red Letter Day in the history of urban development in the country with the simultaneous launch of AMRUT, PMAY and Smart Cities Mission. This reflects the integrated and convergence based approach of the Government towards inclusive urban development. While AMRUT seeks to ensure basic infrastructure, PMAY enables the urban poor to own decent and affordable houses. These two components enable the present cities emerge as smart cities in due course. Under Smart Cities Mission, quality of life will be enhanced in 100 identified cities and towns by ensuring quality infrastructure, improving services through application of smart solutions and enabling a clean and sustainable environment.