New Delhi, March 1: On Tuesday National Workshop on Urban Development stressed on focusing urban governance, planning and innovative financing and also to carry out the important reforms regarding urban sector. The workshop discussed the measures which were recommended by the secretaries on urban sector.
While addressing the National Workshop on Urban Development Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that “investment meets being organized by almost all States will lead nowhere if the States were not clean and necessary urban infrastructure was not ensured in cities.” The new policies and schemes are Transit Oriented Development Policy, Green Urban Mobility Scheme, Metro Policy, Value Capture Financing Policy Framework, City Liveability Index and Fecal Sludge and Septage Management Policy -- were also discussed at the workshop. States have also agreed to the three year timeframe suggested by the Ministry for implementation of the five transformational reforms.
The workshop focused on endorsing five transformational urban reforms proposed by the Ministry of Urban Development aimed at improving service delivery to citizens besides promoting resource mobilization required for meeting the urban infrastructure demand. "Many more miles have to be traveled to realize the desired urban transformation. We don't have the luxury of time. Next three years are very critical for placing our cities and towns on a sustainable path of development," he said.
The Minister informed that further to empowerment of State and City Governments in respect of project formulation, assessment and appraisals, an investment of over Rs.2.80 Lakh Cr has been approved over a short period of just about two years, which was many times that of the previous 10 years. Complimenting States and Cities for doing well in building toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), Naidu voiced concern over sub-optimal results in respect of Solid Waste Management. He said ‘’efforts need to be stepped up by States and Cities to ensure that urban areas would be no more seen as garbage dumps”. Rajiv Gauba, Secretary (UD) complimented States for their enthusiastic participation in the deliberations and for endorsing the proposed reforms and new policies and schemes.