Urbanisation is increasing rapidly in India and posing a serious challenge to the authorities in terms of providing infrastructure. Chief minister Narendra Modi, however, felt that it should be used as an opportunity and not a problem during his inaugural speech at the National Summit on Inclusive Urban Development at Mahatma Mandir on Thursday.
Modi also spoke about achieving the goal of building Nirmal Nagar to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019 and also build a Model City by 2022 to mark the diamond jubilee of India’s Independence.
Instead of cribbing, had steps been taken from day one to handle urbanisation, it would not have become a problem, contended Modi. “There is no need to think of urbanisation as a challenge. It is an opportunity. Therefore, we need to provide infrastructure in a well-planned manner and only then, can we have results,” he said.
The chief minister also said that it was not possible to bring change in a system with old standards. “We need to adopt new and state-of-the-art technology. We need to stress on new urban planning, explore new concepts for providing infrastructure,” he said.
Modi also stressed the need for a balanced urban and rural growth as well as the need to improve the quality of urban life for Scheduled Castes, oppressed, persecuted and have-nots to realise the Mahatma’s dream of clean cities. He asked to remove manual scavenging from the country to mark Gandhi’s 159th birth anniversary and convert cities into Nirmal Nagar.
Japan, the partner country in Vibrant Gujarat 2013, wants more and more Japanese industries to set up their manufacturing bases in the state because of the industry friendly approach of the government. “Gujarat will be Japan’s manufacturing hub,” said Japanese ambassador Takeshi Yagi.
Modi, also the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh without naming him. The former said he had suggested to the PM to use the public-private partnership model to convert waste into fertiliser in 500 cities of the country.
“I have conducted a pilot project in Gujarat. But, no progress has been made in this direction.
Anyway, nothing is expected of him,” said Modi. The CM also announced implementation of the waste to fertiliser project in 50 villages of the state.