Smart City Yojana
Smart City Yojana is one of the favorite and most ambitious projects of Government of India. This, if implemented in the way Prime Minister Narendra Modi envisages may change the face of entire India on global platform. Currently, there are not many cities in India which could stand at par in terms of modern infrastructure and compared with best cities of the world.
Smart City Yojana plans to develop these existing cities and few other selected smaller cities into places of modern and sustainable living in terms of healthcare facilities, sanitation, infrastructure, ecology, education and opportunities. A total of 100 cities have been selected for the project, which would conclude in the coming next two decades.
What is the estimated cost of Smart City Projects?
The initial cost of the project is said to be around 7,000 crores. At the same time, the project cost may go up to Rs 700,000 crores in later phases and by the time it gets completed. The amount and estimate of the project has been worked out by experts under guidance of the ministry of finance and finance minister, Arun Jaitley.
What is the entire duration of Smart City Yojana?
The exact duration of the scheme has not yet been mentioned, however, as we know that the project would take place in phases and the final phase should be completed within next two decades.
How many cities and which areas would be covered under this project?
Within a span of 20 years, a total of 100 cities and towns would be covered and built on international standards. The major metros of the country are already at some par, therefore, in the first phase the project would target the B grade towns and cities and bring them up in terms of infrastructure and facilities.
How is the project going to be implemented?
The motive of Smart City Yojana is not just to build multi storied buildings but to develop a city in which people have easier lifestyle and have to put lesser effort to avail basic facilities along with having sanitation and other services at bay. The project would ensure that cities and towns of India are made better in all the spheres.
Certain core issues of the cities and towns like transport, energy resources, security of people, health and hygiene, etc are taken care of with modern technology. The idea is to build system of improvement in each city. To cater to high technological requirements of the implementation of the project, government would call for foreign direct investment in various segments of the development.
Last but not the least; the project is one of the most ambitious projects till date in India. The intent and fundamental idea behind the project is quite noble, provided the implementation part is done with utmost transparency. Smart City Yojana would bring in smart solutions within the targeted cities and towns so that the day to day lives of citizens living in these cities is convenient and efficient at the same time.
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