October 09, 2011

Modi says ‘clean city’ pilot project will go ahead

Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed firm resolve to go ahead with the ‘Clean City Pilot Project’ in 50 cities in Gujarat, notwithstanding what he alleged is the Centre’s undue delay in taking a decision to implement the same project in 500 cities across the country.

Speaking at a seminar on Urban Infrastructure and Service at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, he said that urban development has remained a neglected sector in India, resulting in the pathetic state they are in. Modi added that though JNNURM has now focused on the issue, it still lacked direction and political will.

The central government had appointed a High-Powered Expert Committee (HPEC), headed by Dr Isher Ahluwalia, for finding out the financial implications of providing urban infrastructure like drinking water, gutter, solid waste management, storm water drainage, roads, transport and street light, in 500 cities.

The report was presented before the experts in urban development and other related departments of the Gujarat government today.

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