Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the execution of works in proposed 20 Smart Cities across the country in Pune on Saturday.
The PM will launch the “Smart Cities Mission” projects from Pune’s 5,000-capacity Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex, said a release from the Urban Development Ministry. The works will start simultaneously in 20 cities across the country.
On the day of execution of the scheme, the Prime Minister will launch 14 projects under the Smart City Plan of Pune. Besides another 69 such projects will be launched the same day through video conference in the remaining 19 smart cities, entailing a total investment of about Rs.1,770 crore.
The projects to be launched in Pune and other cities include Solid Waste Management projects under Swachh Bharat Mission, water supply projects, sewage treatment plants and development of open and green spaces.
Of the proposed 100 smart cities, the Urban Development Ministry has decided to start constructing first set of 20 smart cities in this fiscal.
These 20 cities have proposed a total investment of Rs 48,000 crore in area development and pan-city solutions.
The prime minister will also inaugurate “Make Your City SMART” contest aimed at involving citizens in various activities, including designing roads, junctions and parks.
Suggestions and designs suggested by citizens will be duly incorporated by respective smart cities. Winners of this contest will be given rewards in the range of Rs.10,000 to Rs 1 lakh.
Modi will also inaugurate a Smart Net Portal, which enables the cities under different urban missions to share ideas.
Some of the projects to be launched include those in New Delhi Municipal Council area where mini-sewerage treatment plants, 444 smart classrooms, Wi-Fi, smart LED streetlights, city surveillance and command and control centre would be initiated.
In Belagavi (Karnataka), the prime minister will launch natural gas distribution network, rooftop solar plant, GSM-based monitoring of solid waste collection vehicles.