PM Modi Launches 3 Mega Schemes for Urban Areas

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched three major missions intended to transform the urban landscape of the country which in turn would enhance the quality of urban living besides driving economic growth. He launched the Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for urban areas besides releasing operational guidelines for the three missions.

Under AMRUT, focus will be on providing basic infrastructure like providing tap water and sewer connections to every urban household, solid waste management, provision of roads and public transport. 500 cities with a population of above one lakh each would be included in AMRUT.

Under PMAY, it is proposed to build 2 crore houses for urban poor including Economically Weaker Sections and Low Income Groups in urban areas by the year 2022. This Mission has four components viz., In-situ Slum Redevelopment with private sector participation using land as resource, Affordable Housing through Credit Linked Subsidy, Affordable Housing in Partnership with private and public sector and Beneficiary led house construction/enhancement. Under these components, central assistance will be in the range of Rs.1.00 lakh to Rs.2.30 lakh.

Smart Cities Mission aims at development of entire urban eco-system of cities covering physical, social, economic and institutional infrastructure. The objective is to enable better living and driving economic growth for the benefit of all sections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that his government is “committed to safeguarding the rights of the consumers at all times”.

Hitting out at private builders, the PM said, “private property developers should not decide how a city should grow. It should be decided by residents and city leadership.”

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