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Smart City must improve governance: PM

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The News Bureau, Dec 29

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a high-level meeting with officials on the Smart City initiative.
 
The Prime Minister has asked the Ministry of Urban Development to convene a workshop of all Central and State Urban Development Authoritiest. One of the aims of the smart city’s initiative should be to improve and strengthen the quality of urban governance.

The PM said that the workshop

hould focus on reforms in laws related to urban development. He also called for identifying parameters that could be laid down for smart cities.

Besides, officials were asked to identify the basics of infrastructure, quality of life, and citizen-centric services that would be essential to cities of the 21st century. Cities should be identified as hubs of economic activity.

Focus should be on "waste to wealth".  Solid-waste management and waste-water treatment would be an important part of the development of smart cities, he said. 

The Prime Minister asked officials to visualize urban-dependent population in addition to urban population while planning for Smart Cities. 

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