India’s Smart Cities Programme ‘fastest Implemented Programme’ In The World: Hardeep Singh Puri


According to Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Civil Aviation and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, India can develop smart cities by keeping smart people at the center of policies. “It is the people who ensure that a Smart City remains smart, by not littering and by maintaining the products and services offered by the state. People are the essence of all Smart Cities!” he noted. The Minister was addressing The Growth Net Summit 7.0, organized by Ananta Centre, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Smadja&Smadja in New Delhi. People voted for their aspirations and development in the recent elections, he added. Many housing programmes were launched and are still ongoing. 10 million homes have been provided and 8.3 million more were sanctioned. The Minister mentioned that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is for behavioral change. He stated that in 2002 the Delhi metro was just started but today India has the 5th largest metro network in the world. “It is a matter of pride to have the 5th largest metro network in the world. Spanning a network of 300km in Delhi NCR, we are now aiming at expanding it to almost 500km,” he said. Further, Mr Puri stressed that India must participate in trade negotiations to challenge the global economic slowdown. About India’s civil aviation, the Minister stated that there is a massive growth in this field. He said, “We are determined to resolve the problem of civil aviation in India.” Mr Tarun Das, Chairman, Institute of Economic Growth, chaired the closing plenary of The Growth Net 7.0 after two days of intensive discussions.


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