30 Maharashtra’s towns to become smart cities.
The state government is preparing to develop 30 of Maharashtra’s towns into smart cities with focus on different themes like education, medicine, entertainment, industry etc. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao made the announcement during the inaugural speech of the budget session of the state legislature on Monday.
He added that the government has decided in-principle to increase the present permissible FSI (Floor Space Index) for industrial use in agriculture and no development zones (NDZ). The governor also informed that the government is coming up with online performance appraisal reports systems for the state cadre officers and a new scheme for promoting girl education called “Maajhi Kanya Bhagyashri” would be launched on the lines of “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” of the Centre.
While addressing the joint session at the Central Hall, Mr Rao said, “In the light of smart city mission announced by the Centre, the government intends to develop 30 smart cities in the state. Various study groups have also been formed to suggest the road map in this regard.”
The state government has even decided to introduce an online performance appraisal reports system for Maharashtra cadre civil service officers from the next assessment year. The decision was taken for improving performance of the administration, the governor said. “To boost tourism in the state, the government will organise the first Maharashtra International Travel Mart in Mumbai in September this year,” the governor said.
The governor also claimed that Maharashtra would be made drought-free by 2019. “Considering the adverse impact of recurrent droughts, the state government has declared a new programme of “Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan”. This abhiyan aims at initiating permanent measures to make the state drought-free by 2019 and to harvest rainwater within the village boundaries thereby increasing ground water levels.
He then said that the government has decided to establish special courts and fast track courts for speedy disposal of cases relating to sexual harassment of women and children.
Mar 10, 2015 | Age Correspondent
Giving thumbs up to Modi government’s focus on developing smart cities, Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities & Climate Change on Monday said, “From my experience, he (PM Modi) is absolutely correct to make cities a central focus of his work.”
“The more India invests in sustainable cities, the stronger its economy will grow,” Bloomberg said. Giving a special address at RE-INVEST 2015, Bloomberg said, “Prime Minister Modi is showing that confronting climate change goes hand-in-hand with smart economic growth.”
Bloomberg urged both India’s private sector and foreign investors to continue developing and investing in the clean energy market which create “knowledge-intensive jobs and support the nation’s goals”.
Power Minister Piyush Goyal assured that the government will make sure that the investments in India will be protected and encouraged. He said for a new investment destination the prerequisite is an atmosphere which makes to do business easier, consistency in policies, bankable contracts and prevalence of rule of law in the country.
Goyal sought to assure investors that though the government is pro-poor, it understands the problems of business and will act as a facilitator.