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Every city should draft 10-year vision document: Venkaiah Naidu

Every city should draft 10-year vision document: Venkaiah Naidu
“Central funding will depend on the performance of state governments and the municipal corporations. There has to be a rating for both the states as well as the corporations. Who will give money without credit worthiness?

“Every city should prepare a vision document for the next 10 years that will envisage a comprehensive development plan.

The plan should be prepared after taking into consideration the suggestions of the people of the city as the development is for them.

“We will need to adopt a new model of people-public- private-partnership (PPPP) for making cities more sustainable and smarter,” Naidu told a gathering of 115 municipal commissioners at a consultative workshop on urban governance.

He said the states and local bodies should also have ratings on the basis of sanitation, open land, greenery, affordability, among others. States and civic bodies should be self-sustaining enough to take up development projects on their own, he added.

“If civic bodies need funds, they go to the state governments, which in turn seek assistance from the Centre. But providing funds for all the projects is not possible for the Centre. Therefore, we must be self-sustainable enough to develop cities by leveraging their assets,” Naidu said.

The minister said that levying taxes was no crime but not utilising the money thus collected was definitely one. “The key to success is transparency through digitisation of records and assets. If we do not harass the public, they will pay their taxes,” Naidu said.
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