Productive Cities Imperative for an Atmanirbhar India, Says Hardeep Puri

Cities ought to generate financial exercise of magnitudes to reply the calls of our Honourable Prime Minister in turning into a five-trillion-dollar financial system, says Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs.

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Puri on Monday stated that an Atmanirbhar India will solely be doable if our cities turn out to be productive. The Minister stated this whereas addressing the inaugural session of ‘Connect Karo 2021 – Towards Equitable, Sustainable Indian Cities’ occasion which is being organized by the World Resources Institute (WRI) by way of video conferencing. 

Hardeep Puri stated that the perfect performing cities globally contribute 5 instances extra to nationwide GDP than comparable Indian cities and to  reply the calls of our Honourable Prime Minister of India turning into a five-trillion-dollar financial system, we have to generate an identical density of financial exercise from our cities. He added that by 2030, virtually 70% of the nationwide GDP will come from our cities.

He additional acknowledged that at the same time as cities turn out to be the engines of our nation’s financial system, it’s equally essential to handle the infrastructure deficits that can come up from speedy urbanisation and sophisticated migrant flows. 

“By 2030, the urban population in India will almost double to 630 million. If we are to facilitate this level of growth, we will need to upgrade our urban infrastructure considerably and horrific impact of COVID-19 on our cities has made this even more significant,” he stated.

He additionally highlighted that realising the potential of our cities is not only an financial crucial but additionally an environmental actuality. “Our cities will be the battlegrounds for the fight against climate change. As the recent IPCC report suggests, cities are the major contributors as well as worst affected from climate change and this has led to the Indian Government successfully executing the most comprehensive and planned urbanisation programme anywhere in the world,” he added.

He additionally underlined that there was an eight-fold enhance within the whole expenditure on city improvement rising from Rs. 1.57 lakh crores (2004-14) to Rs. 11.83  lakh crore (2015-2021).

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