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‘Smart City to promote harmony with nature’

Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday expressed concern over rising air pollution and deteriorating sanitation in cities, which he said were adversely impacting quality of urban life and asserted the proposed smart cities will promote living in “harmony with the nature”.

In his address at the Convocation of The Energy Research Institute (TERI) here, Naidu called for “reorientation” of urban designing and planning approaches that promote such a harmony. Elaborating on this, Naidu said that climate change concerns need to be factored in urban development action plans.

“In my view, more than resource constraint, what is more important and challenging is the efficient management of available limited resources like land and harmonising our developmental aspirations with ecological concerns,” he said.
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