PM Modi to launch works in 20 smart cities, on June 25

[] Execution of work in 20 ‘smart cities’ will kick-start from June 25, 2016, with prime minister Narendra Modi launching 14 projects in Pune, while 69 others will commence in other parts of the country

Marking the first anniversary of the announcement of the government’s flagship programme, prime minister Narendra Modi will launch projects on the ‘Smart City Mission’ from Pune’s 5,000-capacity Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex, on June 25, 2016.

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The PM will kick-start the execution of the plans for the 20 cities selected in the first round of the ‘Smart City Challenge Competition’, said the Urban Development Ministry, in a release. Apart from 14 projects in Pune, as many as 69 such works will be launched on the same day in the other smart cities, entailing a total investment of about Rs 1,770 crore, it added.

These projects are related to solid waste management under the Swachh Bharat Mission, water supply projects, sewage treatment plants and development of open and green spaces under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). It would also include housing projects for the urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and area development, and technology-based pan-city solutions under the Smart Cities Mission, the release said.

Citizen involvement

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Modi will also inaugurate a ‘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. “Suggestions and designs by the citizens, will be duly incorporated by respective smart cities,” the release said.

The prime minister will also inaugurate a ‘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.

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On the occasion, all the 20 cities in the first batch of the Smart City Mission, will be linked through video-conferencing. These 20 cities have proposed a total investment of Rs 48,000 crores in area development and pan-city solutions.

Launches in other cities

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In the New Delhi Municipal Council area, the projects that will be launched, include mini-sewerage treatment plants, 444 smart classrooms, bio-methanation plant, WiFi, smart LED streetlights, city surveillance and a command and control centre.

Other cities, where projects will be launched, include Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Kochi (Kerala) and Belagavi (Karnataka).

The function will be attended by union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Maharashtra’s governor C Vidyasagara Rao and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, among others.

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