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PM handed over keys of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban (PMAY-U) houses to 75,000 beneficiaries in 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh
Inaugurated/ laid foundation stone of 75 Urban Development Projects of Uttar Pradesh under Smart Cities Mission and AMRUT
Flagged off 75 buses under FAME-II for Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Jhansi and Ghaziabad
Announced the setting up of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Chair in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), Lucknow.
Conducted informal, spontaneous interaction with three beneficiaries from Agra, Kanpur and Lalitpur
“Under PMAY more than 1.13 crore housing units have been constructed in the cities and, out of this, more than 50 lakh houses have been already built and handed over to the poor”
“Under PMAY about 3 crore houses have been built in the country, you can guess the cost of them. These people have become ‘lakhpati’” “Today, we will have to say ‘Pahle Aap’ - Technology First”
“Urban bodies are also saving about Rs 1000 crore every year by installing LED street lights”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Azadi@75 – New Urban India: Transforming Urban Landscape’ Conference-cum-Expo in Lucknow today. Union Ministers Shri Rajnath Singh, Shri Hardeep Puri, Shri Mahendra Nath Pandey, Shri Kaushal Kishore Governor of Uttar Pradesh Smt Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.

 

 

The Prime Minister digitally handed over keys of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban (PMAY-U) houses to 75,000 beneficiaries in 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh and also interacted virtually with beneficiaries of the scheme in Uttar Pradesh. He inaugurated/laid the foundation stone of 75 Urban Development Projects of Uttar Pradesh under Smart Cities Mission and AMRUT; flagged off 75 buses under FAME-II for seven cities including Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Jhansi and Ghaziabad; and released a Coffee Table Book encompassing 75 projects implemented under various Flagship Missions of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. The Prime Minister also announced the setting up of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Chair in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), Lucknow.

While interacting with Smt Vimlesh of Agra, the Prime Minister was informed by the beneficiary that she benefitted from PM Awas as well as other schemes for gas cylinder, toilet, electricity, water connection and ration card etc. The Prime Minister asked her to take advantage of government schemes and educate her children, especially her daughters.

Interacting with Ram Janki ji of Kanpur, the Prime Minister asked the milk vendor whether she got benefits from Svamitva yojana. The beneficiary informed that she availed a loan of 10 thousand rupees and invested that in her business. The Prime Minister asked to increase digital transactions in her business.

The Prime Minister enquired the beneficiary of PM Awas Yojana Smt Babita of Lalitpur about her livelihood and her experience with the scheme. He said the Jan Dhan account helped in transferring the money directly to the beneficiaries. Technology helps the poor the most, he said. The Prime Minister asked her to avail benefits of Svamitv Yojana. The Prime Minister struck a very relaxed and jovial chord with the beneficiaries. The interaction took place in a very informal and spontaneous manner.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that the situation where all the properties are in the name of the men of the house needs some correction and as a concrete step, more than 80 per cent of the houses under PM Awas Yojna are being registered in the name of the women or they are the joint owners.

The Prime Minister complimented Lucknow for giving a national visionary like Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was totally dedicated to Mother Bharati. “Today, in his memory, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Chair is being established in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University”, he announced.

The Prime Minister stressed the massive increase in the number of houses constructed under PM Awas Yojana as compared to previous numbers. He informed that more than 1.13 crore housing units have been constructed in the cities and, out of this, more than 50 lakh houses have already been built and handed over to the poor. The Prime Minister said that three crore families of urban poor people who lived in slums and did not have a pucca roof have got the opportunity to become millionaires. “Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, about 3 crore houses have been built in the country, you can guess the cost of them. These people have become lakhpatis”, Shri Modi said. The Prime Minister pointed out that before the current dispensation in UP, earlier governments dragged their feet on implementing the schemes as more than 18000 houses were approved but not even 18 houses were constructed at that time, the Prime Minister said. He also informed that after the current Government under Yogi Adityanath came to power, more than 9 lakh housing units were handed over to the urban poor and 14 lakh units are under various stages of construction. These houses are equipped with modern amenities.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the government has made a very serious effort to overcome the problems and challenges of the urban middle class. The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Act has been such a major step. This law has helped in getting the entire housing sector out of mistrust and fraud and has helped and empowered all stakeholders.

The Prime Minister said Urban bodies are also saving about Rs 1000 crore every year by installing LED street lights. Now this amount, he informed, is being used for other development works. He added that LED has also greatly reduced the electricity bill of the people living in the city.

The Prime Minister said in India in the last 6-7 years there has been a huge transformation in the urban sector due to technology. Technology is the basis of the Integrated Command and Control Centers that are running in more than 70 cities of the country today. “Today, we will have to say ‘Pahle Aap’ - Technology First '', the Prime Minister quipped, in a city famous for its culture.

The Prime Minister said under PM Svanidhi Yojana, street vendors are linked with banks. Through this scheme, the aid of more than Rs 2500 crore has been given to more than 25 lakh beneficiaries. In this, more than 7 lakh beneficiaries of UP have taken advantage of Svanidhi Yojana. He complimented the vendors for promoting digital transactions.

The Prime Minister said today, India Metro service is rapidly expanding to major cities across the country. In 2014, the Metro service used to run on less than 250 km route length, today the metro is running in about 750 km route length. He added that work is going on in the country on more than 1000 kilometres of metro tracks now.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, today jointly inaugurated the Social Housing Units Project in Mauritius. This project has been implemented as part of the vibrant development partnership between India and Mauritius.  On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers also took part in a virtual foundation stone laying ceremony for two other projects – construction of a state-of-the-art Civil Service College and a 8 MW Solar PV Farm– also undertaken as part of India’s development support. The event was held via video-conference.  The event in Mauritius was held in the Mauritian PMO premises in presence of dignitaries including Cabinet Ministers and senior officials of the Government of Mauritius.

Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the vision powering India’s development assistance – defined by the needs and priorities of our friends and respectful of sovereignty, and at the same time enhancing the well-being of the people and bolstering the capacities of the country. Prime Minister acknowledged the importance of Civil Service College project in nation building and offered to share learnings of Mission Karmayogi. Prime Minister recalled the One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG) initiative that he put forth at the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in October 2018 and said that the 8 MW Solar PV Farm project will help mitigate the climate challenges that Mauritius faces through avoidance of 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth thanked India for wide ranging assistance including financial assistance to Mauritius. He noted that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi the relations between India and Mauritius have attained newer heights.

The Government of India in May 2016 had extended a grant of US$ 353 mn to the Government of Mauritius as Special Economic Package (SEP) to execute five priority projects identified by Government of Mauritius, among others.  These were: the Metro Express Project, Supreme Court Building, New ENT Hospital, Supply of Digital Tablets to Primary School Children, and the Social Housing Project.  With the inauguration of the Social Housing Project today, all the high profile projects under the SEP have been implemented.

The Civil Service College project, located in Reduit, is being financed through a grant support of US$ 4.74 million, under an MoU signed in 2017 during the visit of Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth to India. Once constructed, this will provide a fully equipped and functional facility for the civil servants of Mauritius to undertake various training and skill development programme.  It will further strengthen institutional linkages with India.

The 8 MW Solar PV Farm project involves the installation of 25,000 PV cells to generate approximately 14 GWh of green energy annually, to electrify approximately 10,000 Mauritian households with an estimated avoidance of 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year, helping Mauritius mitigate the effects of climate change.

Today’s ceremony included exchange of two key bilateral agreements: Agreement for the extension of USD 190 million Line of Credit from the Government of India to the Government of Mauritius for the Metro Express and other infrastructure projects and MoU on the Implementation of Small Development Projects.

Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, India-Mauritius Development Partnership projects have progressed rapidly. In 2019, Prime Minister Modi and the Prime Minister Jugnauth had jointly inaugurated the Metro Express project and the New ENT Hospital in Mauritius in virtual mode. Likewise, in July 2020, the new Supreme Court Building of Mauritius was also inaugurated virtually by the two Prime Ministers.

India and Mauritius share close ties anchored in our common history, ancestry, culture and language. This is reflected in the privileged development partnership between our two countries, with Mauritius being a key development partner for India in the Indian Ocean Region. Today’s event, in line with the spirit of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’, marks yet another milestone in this successful, time-tested partnership.

 

 

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