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Naidu urges more public participation to make Mangaluru Smart City

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Mangaluru: Refuting allegations of denying the Smart City status to Mangaluru in the first phase of the project because it has a non-BJP government in place, Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu, on Sunday, February 14, said that cities of most of the ministers in the union cabinet including the constituencies of Prime Minister Modi and Naidu himself were left out and that the selection of the 20 cities was totally objective and transparent, based on standardized processes.

Addressing the gathering on “Sustainable Urban Development – way forward for India” at Sanghanikethan here, Naidu urged the denizens of Mangaluru to more actively participate in shaping the smart city plan and expressed hope that the city will make it to the 40 Smart Cities list in the second phase of the project next year.

“Yesterday, I had been to Indore, a city which has made it to the list in the first phase. About 6.50 lakh out of the total 26.50 lakh people participated in the plan and came out with a concrete proposal,” he said.

It may be recalled that only about 1,500 Mangalureans had given their ideas to making Mangaluru a smart city. Mangaluru currently occupies 49th position among the 100 cities that have been chosen under the project in the first three years.

Naidu urged the city to compare Mangaluru’s proposals for a Smart City with Belgaum and Davanagere – the two cities that have been chosen from Karnataka in the first phase and fix the loopholes. “It is the duty of the city to improve its parameters and stand for a competition. Likewise, it becomes the duty of a State to direct its city administrative bodies to work harder and make the city entitled to benefits, he said.

“In order to be a Smart City, the first requirement is to have a smart leader followed by smart people.  The leader should have vision and clarity. He should be able to take tough decisions, demolish illegal constructions, provide basic amenities to his public,” he said possibly questioning the inefficiency of the local administration.

Smart Cities project being one of the key aspects, Naidu said that PM Modi was emphasizing on other concepts under sustainable urban development as over 30 per cent of Indians live in cities and about 65 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) generated from cities. He said that the number of occupants in cities will rise to 40-50 per cent in near future and the GDP from cities will invariably rise to about 80 per cent.

“Instead of our leaders moving back to villages from towns after Independence, they showed their backs to the villages. The number of town and city inhabitants rose over the years and this cannot be changed anymore. Hence, the government has been emphasizing on integrated development of cities,” he said.

However, Naidu expressed contentment for Mangaluru as the rural area too houses medical and other establishments.  

Naidu slams the Congress, hails Modi

Taking potshots at the Congress, Naidu said that the BJP inherited only deficits in fiscal, revenue, trade, current account and trust from the earlier Congress government. He said that once the Modi government took charge, there has been 48 per cent rise in Foreign Direct Investment and the GDP of the country stands at 7.3 per cent as against the rest of the world which stands at 2.5 per cent. He said that there is still room for growth and the GDP can go upto 9 per cent, if the Rajya Sabha members express their consent to pass bills such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and Bankruptcy Bill.

Naidu urges more public participation to make Mangaluru Smart City
Naidu urges more public participation to make Mangaluru Smart City
Naidu urges more public participation to make Mangaluru Smart City
Naidu urges more public participation to make Mangaluru Smart City
Naidu urges more public participation to make Mangaluru Smart City

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