New Delhi: Prime Minister Modi has said that well-planned cities will be an important factor that will determine the future of India tomorrow.
In a post-Budget webinar on Urban Planning, Development and Sanitation, Prime Minister Modi said: Urban planning should be carefully structured with a garbage-free city, morning cycle regeneration and water conservation as the core. Well-planned cities will determine the future of tomorrow’s India.
Cities that are well-designed after considering all possible elements are climate resilient and water-rich. Investment in tier 2 and tier 3 cities should be increased to build planned cities.
The government has been emphasizing urban development in every budget from the perspective of development of new cities and modernization of existing structures in old cities. An incentive of Rs 15,000 crore has been earmarked for urban development works in this budget.
Metro connections have increased since 2014. In this, we are ahead of many countries. There is an imperative for the government to strengthen the network for metro connectivity and provide fast as well as last mile connectivity. Efficient planning is the current need to make this possible.
Similarly, municipal waste treatment has increased to 75 percent from 14-15 percent before 2014. If we had stepped up the process of waste treatment earlier, there would not have been the need for our cities to look like garbage heaps today.
Atal’s movement for regeneration and urban transformation has achieved notable success. The government launched the Amrut 2.0 scheme to ensure clean drinking water supply in cities. This was said by Prime Minister Modi.