Bhopal: Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu today said that Madhya Pradesh has done tremendous work in infrastructure development and gave the assurance that the Centre would extend full cooperation for the execution of the Bhopal and Indore metro train projects.
Naidu was addressing a workshop on urban development issues at the Academy of Administration in the state capital.
Drawng attention to the Prime Minister’s “Reform, Perform and Transform” mantra, Naidu laid special emphasis on designing urban development schemes keeping in view the needs of the next ten years. The Centre is providing requisite funds, he said and went on to inform the gathering that the States are getting 45 percent of tax revenue under the new policy. He said that urban development is possible only with the participation of people. People must appreciate the concept of the smart city. He said that competition between cities is in the largest interest of the State. The clean India movement should turn into a public movement, he said and appreciated the good work done in implementing the waste-to-energy projects in Jabalpur and Indore.
Speaking on the occasion, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the state will take up the “Nagaroday” campaign from 25 December to 25 January to enlist greater public participation. He also announced that uUrban developmental projects will be completed in a mission mode.
The chief minister said that the urban Madhya Pradesh would become open defecation free by December 2017. Each family will be given plots in order to realize Prime Minister’s vision of housing for all. In order to transform the cities, Rs. 205000 million will be spent on smart cities and Rs. 85000 million under AMRUT scheme.
Similarly, Rs. 14000 million would be spent on urban drinking water schemes in the first phase and Rs.5000 million in the second phase. In the first phase of the Chief Minister’s Urban Infrastructure Development scheme, Rs. 5000 million has been spent and in the second phase Rs. 18000 million more would be spent. Madhya Pradesh would become a pioneering state in respect of urban development.