In February 2015, the buzz around smart city was catching up. The digital India vision of PM Narendra Modi still seemed distant has finally taken flight! Modi is all set to launch Smart City project and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) today. Narendra Modi will address elected mayors and chairpersons of 500 corporations and municipalities today to launch the projects.
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Ministers of urban development, municipal affairs and housing from all the states and union territories along with principal secretaries dealing with urban matters, commissioners, research and academic institutions representatives, and experts will attend the launch and the following two day intensive interaction on new urban initiatives.
The two day intensive interaction will have extensive presentations and discussions which will include PPP model, smart solutions and city challenge competition and role of SPV for smart cities development, city and state level planning for AMRUT, devolution of resources to states and urban local bodies by 14th Finance Commission and waste-to wealth conversion experiences of the US, Europe and China, as reported by Teleanalysis.
Union Cabinet has cleared smart cities mission with a central outlay of Rs 48,000 crore for the next five years and AMRUT with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore. Modi earlier in his speech had said, “Cities in the past were built on riverbanks. They are now built along highways. But in the future, they will be built based on availability of optical fiber networks and next-generation infrastructure.” The dream can be envisaged coming live.