The union cabinet approved project of Smart City Mission will take a first step on June 25. On this day PM Narendra Modi who instiagted the same approach will formally launch the Rs98,000 crore Smart City and AMRUT projects. He will also unveil the roadmap for developing 100 smart cities and 500 AMRUT cities.
Patently, this is one of most important attempt of NDA government in which govt is trying to transform the urban infrastructure burdened with every-growing population.
Interestingly, AMRUT is the refined version of UPA approach, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) which introduced by the BJP government with new norms.
On this occassion PM Modi will announce the implementtation guidelines for the related projects. Everything will happen at Vigyan Bhawan in the presence of state government senior officials, municipal commissioners and mayors.
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu while addressing media revealed that how important June 25 is not only for the government but also for those who are going to be part of this project. He said, "It will be an important day for the urban development sector and thereafter the main challenge for the state governments and urban local bodies to get things going for making effective use of huge investments by the Centre and other sources in the sector", as reported by PTI.
Further, he also spoke about the objective of Smart City Mission and AMRUT projects. The proper use of infrastructure, assests, techniques and resources is the main concern of these projects. If economy wants more liveable infrastructure with enhanced business and investment oppotunities which not only help poor but also rich then these projects are highly required. Perhaps, more employment will be there if these two projects get implemented properly. The sustainable enviroment without shortage of water and power supply, proper sanitation and solid waste management , housing schemes for poor, efficient urban mobility, other connectivity etc lies in executing projects.
In month of April only the projects got approval of Union Cabinet in which Rs48,000 crore has been embarked for Smart City Mission and rest amount of Rs50,000 for other project.
Evidently, the development of urban infrastructure is highly required as number of migrants from rural areas is increasing like anything which somewhere become a challenge in itself. Even town planners' failure in setting everything properly made government to bring this approach. Every state is participating in this project and till now about 20 cities in Smart City Project in the first phase whereas AMRUT has selected about 40 cities and likely next stage to be followed by the same number of cities. Even, countries like Singapore, Japan, France and the United States have shown interest to be part of the project and partnering the same.