A year after launching the guidelines for his flagship smart city scheme, PM Narendra Modi will kick off 82 projects for the first 20 cities on Saturday involving Rs 1,770 crore.
The “quick win” projects include 444 smart classrooms with CCTV cameras and LED TV and and WiFi in NDMC area in Delhi, roof top solar power plants in Uaipur, Jaipur and Kakinada. Kick-starting the plan in Pune, Modi will launch 14 projects for the city including street and pedestrian walkway, vehicle health monitoring, maximum solar city, tracking garbage vehicles and passenger information system through apps and website.
He added Saturday’s launch will mark the beginning of implementation of urban development plans based on the five-year action plans. “This brings to an end the adhoc and project-based approach to urban development followed so far,” a ministry spokesperson said.
The “quick win” projects are related to solid waste management under Swachh Bharat Mission, water supply projects, sewage treatment plants and development of open and green spaces under AMRUT. It would also include housing projects for urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and area development and technology based pan-city solutions under Smart Cities Mission.
This is also for the first time PM will interact with city managers including mayors and commissioners from the 20 cities. “Each city will make a three-minute audio-visual presentation about their projects,” said an urban development ministry official.