New Delhi, Dec 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for identifying parameters that could be laid down for the ‘Smart Cities’ initiative, chairing a high-level meeting with government officials here on Monday.
The Prime Minister said the project should improve the quality of urban governance, thereby lending greater strength to the overall governance processes of the country.
According to reports, Modi asked the Ministry of Urban Development to convene a workshop of all Central and state urban development authorities at the earliest and asked officials to identify the basics of infrastructure, quality of life, and citizen-centric services that would be essential to cities of the 21st century.
Saying that cities should be identified as ‘hubs of economic activity’, he said that a focus on ‘waste to wealth’, that is, solid-waste management and waste-water treatment, would be an important part of the development of smart cities.
The Prime Minister also asked officials to visualize “urban-dependent” population, in addition to “urban” population, while planning for Smart Cities.
Officials from the PMO, Ministry of Urban Development, and Ministry of Information Technology, were present on the occasion.
(With Agency Inputs)