The government cannot leave the poor to their fate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday at the launch of the Smart Cities Mission.
Besides the Smart Cities Mission, Modi launched at a function at Vigyan Bhawan the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) – all intended to enhance the quality of urban living and drive economic growth.
“The country’s 40 per cent population lives in cities and it is the responsibility of the government to uplift their standards of life. We cannot leave them on their fate,” Modi said.
He said that the government wants to constantly try and find out how can the schemes of development be carried out with the cooperation and participation of people.
Pitching for a “bottom-up model” of city development, Modi said that a model for such development should not be thrust from the top. “It should be bottom up. A smart city means a city which is two steps ahead of the basic necessities of a resident,” he said.
“Now private property developers decide a city’s growth. But often roads and drainage are not built when they lead the development. The city’s residents and leadership should decide how a city should grow,” the Prime Minister said.
Modi said, “This scheme would ensure that the city’s leadership takes charge of the development. Otherwise there remains a mismatch… our development should not create a conflict between our cities and the villages.”
The central government has committed to spend about Rs. 400,000 crore on these missions over the next six years.
(With inputs from IANS and PTI)