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1. Shri. M. Venka­iah Naidu, Union Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter-

Mak­ing ur­ban ar­eas more liv­able, by new ini­tia­tives, to make them en­gines of eco­nomic growth. Like build­ing smart cities, 100 smart cities. The plans are ready, con­tours have been worked out. Cab­i­net has ap­proved it. Con­sul­ta­tion with all stake­hold­ers is over. Any day, it will be launched. We are wait­ing for the launch­ing day.

2. Shri. Deven­dra Fad­navis, Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Min­is­ter

We plan to set up jew­ellery and knowl­edge smart city in the state to pro­mote the growth of the gems and jew­ellery sec­tor. I would re­quest Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MIDC) to pro­vide suit­able place for the said pro­ject, which will have a ded­i­cated zone for man­u­fac­tur­ing and re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

3. Shri. Arun Jait­ley, Fi­nance Min­is­ter

- As the fruits of de­vel­op­ment reach an in­creas­ingly large num­ber of peo­ple, the pace of mi­gra­tion from the ru­ral ar­eas to the cities is in­creas­ing … Un­less, new cities are de­vel­oped to ac­com­mo­date the bur­geon­ing num­ber of peo­ple, the ex­ist­ing cities would soon be­come un­live­able. The Prime Min­is­ter has a vi­sion of de­vel­op­ing 100 smart cities, as satel­lite towns of larger cities and by mod­ernising the ex­ist­ing mid-sized cities.

4. Nitin Gad­kari, Union min­is­ter of road trans­port, highways and ship­ping-

We are con­vert­ing 12 ma­jor ports into smart cities. This is not part of the 100 smart cities. I am not ask­ing for any money from the gov­ern­ment for this. I have de­vel­oped a model that will utilise the money avail­able with ports. These cities will have sep­a­rate in­dus­trial and residential zones. We have asked a Sin­ga­pore gov­ern­ment plan­ning au­thor­ity to de­vise the over­all plan.

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