Gandhinagar, Friday: Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel while inaugurating the National Conclave on Urban Planning held for the first time in Gujarat said that this Conclave will prove to be ‘Amrit Kaal’ of urban well-being.
In this conclave organized at the riverfront of Ahmedabad city, Chief Minister acknowledges Sabarmati Riverfront’s world class infrastructural development as the best example and gift of political will. To fructify the call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of making the country a 5 trillion economy into a reality, the development of urban economy is crucial said the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel expressed that the varied initiatives like Smart Classroom to Smart Anganwadi, Smart Parking to Smart Traffic Management, Smart Drainage to Smart Water Management and Smart Charging to Smart Electric Bus are having a positive impact of the life of a common man and are thereby amplifying ease of living. He further said that urbanization has increased last several decades in the country as a result of limited income, industrialization, infrastructural facilities, limited education and health facilities in rural areas. For this reason, urban development is becoming an important matter. Realizing this situation, Gujarat has always given importance to urban development.
Central government has selected 6 cities including Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Dahod for smart city development. In which, Ahmedabad and Vadodara are in the top-10 in terms of ease of living and municipal corporation. Five percent land area of allotted TP scheme by Gujarat government is earmarked for housing of socially and educationally backward class citizens. Moreover, the approach of urban forest has been adopted to create a clean and green city.
Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Shri Manoj Joshi expressed the conviction of all-inclusive development of cities keeping even the most impoverished in centre. NITI Aayog CEO Shri Amitabh Kant said that urbanization and development of cities is necessary to achieve 9 to 10 percent GDP rate of the country. He added that the state of Gujarat has set an excellent example of urbanization in the entire country.
CEO of NITI Aayog Shri Amitabh Kant emphasized on the transit oriented development of cities i.e. maximizing the use of public transport and developing amenities with civic objective such as cycling and walkways. He also said that for country’s sustainable development, urbanization along with de-carbonization is essential to achieve the country’s carbon emission targets. He indicated that creating a liveable city is possible by planning the urban development in a scientific manner by increasing the floor space index (FSI).
Chief Secretary Shri Pankaj Kumar termed that the development that brings smiles on the faces of citizens is the true successful development. He expressed optimism that Gujarat will lead the entire country in urban development. He also said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi decided to celebrate the birthdays of villages as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, thus taking from that, birthdays of 7 thousand villages has been celebrated in Gujarat in the last three months.
In Gujarat’s first National Conclave of Urban Planning organized at Ahmedabad, Mayor of Ahmedabad Shri Kirit Parmar, Chief Secretary Urban Development Shri Mukesh Kumar, Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Shri Lochan Sehra, Chairman of Sabarmati Development Board Shri Keshav Verma, prominent leader Surendra Patel and Central and State Government officials, various leaders, office bearers of municipal corporations of states and cities were present.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat