Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi would inaugurate work on smart city projects from Pune on 25 June, Union urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday.
The work would start simultaneously in 20 cities across the country, Naidu said, adding that development of some cities as smart cities would motivate others also to work for progress.
“It is like a lighthouse. If there is a lighthouse, everybody would look at that. If some smart cities are developed, there will be competition among others also, municipalities will increase their revenue and things will improve,” he said.
The smart city mission, one of the flagship programmes of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, was announced on 25 June last year.
Naidu said “reform, perform and transform” is the motto of the NDA government and Modi. “We can proudly say that it is Narendra Modi who is the reformer, performer and transformer of the country,” he said.
Naidu was speaking at a reception organized on his visit to the Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) headquarters in the city after his election to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.
BJP has emerged as the true pan-India party with its footprint seen all over the country, he said, adding Modi would “bring more revolutionary changes in the country in the coming days”.
“We do not have full majority (in Rajya Sabha). Otherwise, the vehicle would have moved with even greater speed. The Rajya Sabha obstacle is likely to lessen in the coming days. Congress party is weakening,” the parliamentary affairs minister said.