To lessen the burden on large cities, the Prime Minister today urged the Mayors to concentrate on smart urban planning, the development of satellite towns, and the growth of Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.
Mayors of BJP-controlled urban authorities were addressed by Narendra Modi, who urged them to develop cities holistically. Additionally, the prime minister stated that elected officials should not only focus on winning elections because cities cannot be developed using an election-centric strategy.
PM Modi urged the mayors to interact with the poor beneficiaries to learn about their problems and to work to improve their cities with the help of the local populace.
Speaking on the works done on the metro rail network so far, Prime Minister said, the country’s metro rail network only had 250 kilometres before 2014; it now has 775 kilometres. According to him, more than 1,000 kilometres of the nation’s metro rail network are currently being constructed.
Urban housing is a significant challenge for cities. The government of India has been working aggressively on the issue. As of now, 1.25 crore houses have been allocated to the poor. Also, the budget for housing projects has been increased from 20,000 crores in 2014 to 2,00,000 crore today, said PM Modi To the mayors.
The prime minister also urged mayors to ensure that all street vendors are registered and receive training so they can apply for loans through the PM Svanidhi programme.
PM Modi was speaking after virtually inaugurating an all-India conference of mayors of BJP-ruled cities held in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar.
Chief of the BJP State Unit C. R. Patil, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, and Party President Jagat Prakash Nadda were all present.