PM reviews progress on Urban Development Programmes

Published By : Admin | March 18, 2015 | 21:00 IST
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today reviewed progress on various urban development programmes. These include addressing of gaps in core physical infrastructure across 500 cities, and steps of operationalization of the Smart Cities initiative.

PM reviews progress on Urban Development Programmes (4) Noting that towns and cities are emerging as key drivers of economic growth, the Prime Minister emphasized that the economic growth model of a city should form an essential part of its smart city vision.

The Prime Minister suggested that the next few years till 2019 could be observed as "urban theme years," with a different theme or aspect of urban development being addressed each year. He emphasized the need for capacity building in urban administration, and urban planning. He called for initiating discussions in towns and cities, especially among youth, to generate best ideas for smart cities. He called for special attention to creating "children friendly cities."

PM reviews progress on Urban Development Programmes (2) Shri Narendra Modi said concepts and themes such as green cities, zero waste, optical fibre networks, gas grids, and mobile governance should form part of the smart city concept. He also said a City Museum should be an integral part of every smart city.

Minister for Urban Development Shri Venkaiah Naidu, and senior officers from the PMO and Ministries of Finance and Urban Development were present on the occasion.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation today with H. E. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

Prime Minister conveyed his solidarity to President Macron for the ongoing drought and wildfires in France.


The leaders reviewed ongoing bilateral initiatives including defence cooperation projects and cooperation in civil nuclear energy.

They also discussed important geopolitical challenges including those related to global food security.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the depth and strength that the India-France Strategic Partnership has acquired in recent years and agreed to continue working closely together to expand the relationship to new areas of cooperation.