New Delhi: Addressing the Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) yesterday, Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (MoS) for Housing & Urban Affairs, stated while providing details of the Smart City Mission that the Mission covers 100 cities selected through a challenge process at the national level.
A comprehensive exercise of citizen engagement laid the foundation for preparing Smart City Proposals (SCPs) for participating in the national challenge, Puri said.
Investments worth Rs 2.05 lakh crore have been proposed by 100 smart cities as part of their smart city plans with Central Assistance of Rs 48,000 crore, Puri revealed, adding that these projects will be funded through Central Assistance & State contribution, Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), debt/loans, and convergence from other schemes.
Projects worth Rs 1.06 lakh crore have either been completed or are under implementation, and the remaining projects are at different stages of implementation, Puri stated, adding that projects with an investment of about Rs 20,000 crore are being implemented or are under tendering on PPP basis, showing the interest the Mission has evoked in the private sector.
Puri had earlier welcomed all MPs of the Consultative Committee attached to the MoHUA and stated that the Government is implementing Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) and Metro Rails. He said that these complement each other helping the all-round development of cities.
The meeting was attended by Members of Parliament, M V V Satyanaraya, Ramcharan Bohra, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Rajmani Patel, KTS Tulsi, and Sanjay Singh.
Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA, and senior officers of the Ministry also attended the meeting. Mishra gave an overall view of various missions of the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. This was followed by presentations by the respective Mission Directors about their missions.
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