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Smart city mission led to inclusive and comprehensive urban planning: Naidu

Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the smart city mission has triggered inclusive and comprehensive urban planning in the country.

Addressing a business conclave at Shri Ram College of Commerce here, the minister stressed that the smart city development is "not elitist" and the mission has brought about a paradigm shift wherein cities approach the challenges differently rather than doing different things.

Naidu said the mission has been so designed to promote inclusive development benefitting all sections of society besides promoting sustainable urban development practices in context of citizens being "starved of breathing and living spaces".

Asserting that mission is progressing well, Naidu said that since the announcement of first batch of 20 cities for smart city development on January 28, 2015, these mission cities have moved quickly towards implementation of the projects.

By June this year or within two years of the launch of the mission, he said a total of 510 projects with a total investment of Rs 20,669 crore would take off the ground.

Stating that awarding and execution of remaining projects would pick up further momentum, Naidu said that the mission is on course and visible impact will be felt soon.
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