On 25 June 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled three schemes-
AMRUT (Atal Scheme for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation)
Smart Cities Scheme
The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana that aims to build 2 crore affordable homes.
Modi’s ‘Housing for All’ mission is an ambitious step towards meeting the housing needs of all income groups. He said that no Indian should sleep on the road and that is what his government aims. This is his roadmap towards ‘Urban India’.
These three mega schemes including the 100 smart cities project will also look for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and private sector’ help to rejuvenate cities and towns across the country. The PM said that rapid urbanization should be seen as an opportunity and urban centers should be seen as growth engines. This was held at the Vigyan Bhawan where number of development models were presented by different states. This marked a people centric approach to create world class urban spaces.
AMRUT scheme will help in redeveloping townships and will carry out a total makeover of the cities. The central assistance will be sued only for infrastructure projects which will cater to a larger public. All these projects will be eco-friendly and a major part of its energy needs will be met through renewable sources. Most of the building construction is to be green out of which 35% green field projects will be for Economically Weaker Section (EWS). The names of these ‘Smart Cities’ will be decided through a competition to be held at state and central level.
So, the vision for urban India is already on the move. Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have received nods for maximum number of Smart City projects followed by Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat. The center’s total investment in these three schemes would be 4 lakh crores over a period of 7-8 years. The schemes will be strictly carried out. It would not be left on the mercy of realtors; citizens will also have a say in it and their rights as consumers will be protected.
With proper planning and implementation, this dream of a better urban India will soon turn into a reality with the words- “Sabko Awas, Sabka Vikas” ringing true bells.