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‘Smart City Schemes’ are initiated to face challenges poise by urbanization – Guj CM

Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today inaugurated ‘National Level – Smart City Summit’ held at Rajkot. He termed it as a vital step towards making Rajkot city as the ‘Smart City.’

Mr. Rupani opined that the Smart City Schemes (SCS) are initiated to take up the challenges being poised by the leap bound urbanizations. He stated that the state government is dedicated to the aphorisms of “Jaya Manvi, Taya Suvidha” (Amenities at the door step of the Humans) and “Vytha Ne Badle Vyvastha” (Management instead of Affliction).

The Chief Minister emphasised that just having infrastructural facilities are not sufficient enough in the present time of smart era, but, in fact it should also hike the Happiness Index of the cities. In achieving this mammoth task, he also sought total cooperation from the citizens.

Referring to that the urbanization in Gujarat has crossed the mark of 45 %; Mr. Rupani stated that the top level growth can be achieved by the state only through the development of cities and towns. The best policy is to preserve the old and develop the new things, he added.

The Chief Minister reiterated the state government’s determination to coordinate the technologies with the infrastructural facilities to provide online management to the common citizens for bringing total transparency and completeness in the administration. The new technology based system would issue a new passport within two days, imposing fine on same day for throwing waste anywhere, he said and added that developmental projects worth of Rs. 2000-crore for Raiya TP Scheme.

Mr. Rupani launched website for ‘Smart City’. He also inaugurated 145 KV solar system for Aji Water Filter Plant and master plan for Raiya Smart City. He also released ‘e-Government’ magazine. He also viewed documentary made on ‘Smart City.’

In the presence of Mr. Rupani, ‘elets smart city’ was organized in two phases at the Atal Bihari auditorium. The programme was attended by ‘Smart city’ experts.

Later, the Chief Minister dedicated to the people newly constructed ‘B-Division’ police station at Pedak Road and Police Station at Kuvadva Road, built at cost of Rs. 198-lakh and Rs. 250-lakh, respectively, by Gujarat State Police Housing Nigam, in Rajkot.

The occasions were graced by MP Mr. Mohanbhai Kundariya, MLAs – Mr. Govindbhai Patel, Mr. Arvindbhai Raiyani, and Mr. Lakhabhai Sagathia, Standing Committee Chairman Mr. Udaybhai Kangad, deputy mayor Mr. Ashwinbhai Moliya, city BJP President Mr. Kamleshbhai Mirani, leader Mr. Nitinbhai Bhardwaj, elets’ chairman Dr. Ravi Gupta, collector Dr. Rahul Gupta, and others.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat