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The News Bureau, Feb 11

Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu has asserted that Smart Cities would promote employment generation and benefit the poor the most.

He elaborated on the challenges and opportunities in building smart cities at a conference on ‘100 Smart Cities : Need for Innovative and Integrated Approach’ organized by the Indian Chambers of Commerce in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The poor and the less endowed were deprived o

equal rights and access to public urban spaces whether it is roads, transport systems, water, power. This needs to be changed radically. He also said that poor are the losers on account of weak urban planning and governance and smart cities seek to address these deficiencies. 

Stating that innovative approaches are imperative for building smart cities, Naidu urged the corporates and investors to make a success of ‘People-Public-Private Partnership’ to meet the huge investment.

Nandita Chatterjee, Secretary (Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation) said that slum redevelopment, providing houses for all urban poor, skill development of urban poor for increased employment would address equity dimension of smart cities.

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