Venka­iah Naidu

MIN­IS­TER FOR UR­BAN DE­VEL­OP­MENT, HOUS­ING AND UR­BAN POVERTY AL­LE­VI­A­TION

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | DEVELOPMENT - —Kaushik Deka

FOR NAIDU, THE BIG­GEST achieve­ment of his min­istry is ush­er­ing in ‘bot­tom up’ plan­ning. This has en­sured par­tic­i­pa­tion of all stake­hold­ers in launch of new ur­ban mis­sions. “Ev­ery mu­nic­i­pal­ity forms a plan in ac­cor­dance with cen­tral guide­lines and gen­er­ates a cer­tain amount of re­sources. This is pay­ing huge div­i­dends, as seen in the scale of ap­proval of in­vest­ments,” says the min­is­ter. The Smart City project has al­ready gained some mo­men­tum and his next big claim is that un­der AMRUT (Atal Mis­sion for Re­ju­ve­na­tion and Ur­ban Trans­for­ma­tion), the gov­ern­ment now have de­tailed ac­tion plans for all 500 ci­ties. The Live­abil­ity In­dex of our ci­ties and towns, RERA to clean up the real es­tate sec­tor etc are other path-defin­ing schemes launched by the min­istry. But the min­istry faces sev­eral tough chal­lenges. Four of the world’s 10 most con­gested ci­ties are in In­dia. Out­door air pol­lu­tion in In­dian ci­ties is now among the worst and 14 In­dian ci­ties fig­ure on the list of world’s 30 most pol­luted ci­ties. And In­dia ac­counts for 11 per cent of global road deaths.

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