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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PM participates in Kullu Dussehra
October 05, 2022
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi participated in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations at the Dhalpur Ground of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh today.

The Prime Minister was welcomed and facilitated upon his arrival. This was followed by the arrival of Bhagwan Raghunath Ji and it marked the commencement of the Rath Yatra. A huge crowd had gathered at the occasion to welcome the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister walked to the main attraction with lakhs of other devotees and paid his tributes to Bhagwan Raghunath. The Prime Minister greeted everyone present on the occasion with folded hands and witnessed the divine Rath Yatra along with the grand assembly of the deities in the historic Kullu Dussehra celebrations. A historic occasion, this was the first time ever that the Prime Minister of India had participated in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations.

The International Kullu Dussehra Festival is to be celebrated from 5th to 11th October 2022 at Dhalpur Ground of Kullu. The festival is unique in the sense that it is the congregation of more than 300 Deities of the Valley. On the first day of the Festival, the Deities in their well-decorated palanquins pay their obeisance at the temple of the Chief Deity Bhagwan Raghunath Ji and then proceed to the Dhalpur Ground.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Thakur, and BJP State President, Shri Suresh Kumar Kashyap among others.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had dedicated to the nation, AIIMS, Bilaspur. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple projects in Himachal Pradesh in Luhnu, Bilaspur.