Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar
Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that urbanization should be seen as opportunity and not crisis.
It is a situation where new infrastructure, employment and energy and water efficient based cities can be developed.
Inaugurating a National Summit on Inclusive Urban Development-2013 at Mahatma Mandir here, he said that we have to create mass awareness involving people’s participation through 4Ps (pro-people public-private partnership) in a nationwide movement for 4Ms for generating manpower, money resource, machinery and mobility.
He mooted the idea of ‘Clean Urban India’ through ‘Balanced Urban Development’ by 2019 to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary and by 2022 to mark 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
One-third of India lived in towns, which are job centres and hubs of economic activity. Attempt should be using homegrown men, materials and machinery. The civic bodies should be sensitized to the problems of the citizens. He hoped that town planners and elected representatives would fulfill theirsocial responsibility.
However, he said, there is need toimprove the quality of urbanlife for the dalit, oppressed, persecuted and have-nots to realize the Mahatma’s dream of clean cities.
He said the concept of town planning has changed from providing roads, drinking water and sewer lines to setting up townships within towns. At the same time, he cautioned against unplanned developmentleadingtohaphazard growth. Town planning should be considered as an opportunity and not as a crisis.
Modi said that he had sent a proposalto the Centre for developing 500 self-reliant clean cities, recycling solid wastes generated into organic fertilizers for horticulturists to grow fruits and vegetables. Gujarat has already initiated the scheme in 50 towns as a pilot project.
Japan’s Ambassadorto India Takeshi Yagi said that Gujarat has become Japan’s new manufacturing hub in India, as well as a globalbusiness hub, attractinginvestment, thanks to good governance and transparency. He gave details of Japan’s share in developing urban transport, Ahmedabad-Mumbai High Speed Rail and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.
Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Masakazu Sakakida said Japan has identified Gujarat as the best place. A number of Japanese companies are coming to India, over 60 such Japanese companies having set up their offices in Gujarat alone, spreading their business.
FormerUrbanDevelopmentSecretary of Government of India Dr M Ramchandran said there is need for appropriatestrategy for balanced slum-free urban growth by providing basic civic amenities like affordable houses and public transport, clean and hygienic surrounding.
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