Modi to address Mayors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address elected Mayors and Chairpersons of 500 Corporations and Municipalities next week outlining his vision for emerging Urban India and the challenges to be overcome to enable an effective urban transformation.

Modi’s address takes place on the occasion of the launch of Smart Cities Mission,  Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and the housing for all initiative, now named as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana by the Prime Minister on June 25 in New Delhi. Ministers of Urban Development, Municipal Affairs and Housing from States and Union Territories besides elected heads of 500 municipal bodies, Commissioners of municipal bodies will attend the launch.

Ambassadors and High Commissioners of 15 countries who have shown interest to be associated with the Smart Cities Mission and other urban development efforts of the government have also been invited for the launch.

Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu will preside over the meeting. He will outline the changes in the designing and execution of new urban missions and the importance of urban reforms to be implemented to improve urban governance and delivery of services.

Union Ministers Anant Kumar and Piyush Goyal will address on waste to compost and waste to energy proposals.

Keeping in view the important role to be played by the States and Urban Local Bodies in the effective execution of new urban missions, the Ministry of Urban Development has organized two days of consultations on June 25 and 26, on implementation.Union Cabinet has cleared Smart Cities Mission with a Central Outlay of Rs 48,000 crore for five years and AMRUT with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana targeting construction of 2 crore houses for weaker sections and low income has been approved.

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