Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Cities must become models of urban development in the country

Bhopal ,

Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath has said that to provide better services to the citizens with effective system, they should make innovations without fear and hesitation. He said that services should show new thinking, attitude and viewpoint. Shri Kamal Nath was inaugurating the basic and professional training of newly appointed Chief Municipal Officers at the Atal Behari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis today.

The Chief Minister said that changes are taking place in every region of the country and the whole world. Villages have changed in the last thirty years, and there has been a difference in the thinking of the villagers too. He said that we have to keep in mind that in the changed circumstances what will be the nature of better services for general citizens. There is a need to change the system for this.

Cities must connect to villages by design not by default

The Chief Minister said that urbanization is increasing throughout Asia. The capacity of the cities to bear the burden of population is decreasing. Therefore, we have to think about the development of suburban areas. When we move in this direction, we must keep in mind that the villages must connect to cities by design and not by default. He said that sub-urban areas should be fully equipped with basic facilities so that people would prefer to stay there. Keeping in mind the future needs, we have to plan urban areas.

The Chief Minister said to the newly appointed chief municipal officers that they should work without fear to provide better services to the citizens as per new techniques, innovations and their current requirements, only then they can give better results. He said that I wish to give an hour’s lecture on urban development in the training session. The Chief Minister said that the basic concept of smart city is that we should give cities a state-of-the-art appearance, but at the same time try to change the working process of daily life of citizens.

Cities must become models of urban development in the country

Urban Development and Housing Minister Shri Jaivardhan Singh said that the cities should be developed in such a manner that our city becomes a model of urban development in the whole country. He said that the urban bodies must make use of their assets to increase additional income so that the cities become self-reliant. Shri Singh said that the Chhindwara Development Model is known in the whole country. It must be studied. He told not to fear to make innovations for the development of cities. We will have to work with long-term thinking in the development of urban areas. He said that we have a Chief Minister with us today who launched schemes according to the needs of today’s phase of development, when he was Urban Minister, which includes National Urban Livelihood Mission and Metro Projects. He has a global bent of mind which we must utilize.

On this occasion, Director General of Atal Behari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis, Shri R. Parshuram said that a comprehensive programme of skill enhancement of government employees has been taken. He said that one of the two priorities stated by the Chief Minister, the project of Urban Development Institute has been prepared. The second skill promotion programme has also been started. He gave information about the activities and training programme of the institute. Commissioner Urban Development Shri P. Narahari also addressed the programme.

A film on the institute’s activities was also screened in the training programme. The Chief Minister also released the DVD of the film based on Quality Assurance in Urban Projects and unveiled the institute’s Vision and Mission Statement Signboard (Pattika). Subject expert Shri Ramnath, Chief Advisor of the Institute Shri M.M. Upadhyaya, Shri Mangesh Tyagi and Girish Sharma were present on the occasion.



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