Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched 14 projects under Pune's smart city plan at a programme. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is also attending the event.
Here are the highlights:
- Glad you decided the come to Pune for this programme, a city known for smart people: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to PM Narendra Modi.
- I do not understand why we considered urbanisation to be a curse. I am glad you see urbanisation as an opportunity: Devendra Fadnavis to PM.
- This smart cities initiative has taken care of the poor and stands for inclusive governance, that will transform cities: Devendra Fadnavis.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches smart city project in Pune.
- A new urban renaissance is taking place. Lives of people in cities will be made better: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in Pune.
- The people of India are the smartest. Once their skills are harnessed then see the wonders that will happen: PM Narendra Modi in Pune.
- Officials who met me wondered how we will select the cities. We didn't select anything, the credit goes to citizens of cities selected.
- This Smart City project in itself is a mass movement and this experiment has been successful.
- Gone are the days when there we competitions to be poorer. We are competing to move ahead, on the path of development.
- There is a positive atmosphere, of competing on development works and that too in the spirit of Jan Bhagidari.
- People of the cities have to decide about the development of their urban spaces. These decisions can't be taken in Delhi.
- Spirit of participative governance is vital.
- Let's consider urbanisation as an opportunity. Gone are the days when it was seen as a challenge or obstacle.
- Cities are not only growth centres. Our cities have strength and capacity to mitigate poverty. People find work in cities.
- Size of roads and builds aren't the only way to evaluate a city. Every city has a distinct identity.
- Our urban spaces have to focus on solid waste management.
- Smart cities are about modern facilities and becoming centres of development.