- City Livability Index’ to be launched on June 23. Final list of Smart Cities too will be announced on the same day
- No need for separate Environmental Clearance for buildings & construction projects of upto 1,50,000 sq metres in Delhi. Approvals to be given by the DDA and the Municipal Corporations
- Approved construction of 20,25,573 affordable houses for urban poor under the ambitious Housing for All by 2022
There has been an over threefold increase in investments, per capita spending and central assistance under the new urban missions — Smart Cities, AMRUT and HRIDAY, launched during the last three years, driving the much needed urban transformation in the country, Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development and Housing said.
"A total investment of Rs 4,13,475 crore has so far been approved for improving basic urban infrastructure under the new missions which are 350 per cent of the Rs 1,18,034 crore approved under JNNURM during 2004-14. Per Capita investment of Rs 15,475 approved during 2014-17 under new urban missions for a five year period is 315 per cent of Rs 4,918 approved during 2004-14", Naidu said addressing the media here in Delhi on the achievements of the government in the past three years (2014-17).
Giving an account of the positive outcomes of the initiatives of the Government taken in the past three years, the Minister said that a total of 6,737 projects have so far been approved which is 215 percent of 3,138 projects cleared under JNNURM, reflecting substantially enhanced capacities of city governments for project formulation and implementation through deployment of professional staff and through intensive hand-holding.
As reform outcomes of the last three years, 748 cities have formulated the Master Plans, 172 cities have reported over 90 percent Property Tax Collection during the last three years, the Minister said.
"In an indication of the new language of governance and resource mobilisation being adopted by cities now, 322 AMRUT and smart cities have acquired Credit Ratings of which 147 have got investment grade while 163 cities in 18 States and UTs have initiated measures for mobilising resources through Value Capture Financing tools," the Minister pointed.
With cities now moving forward on the path of well thought out course of infrastructure development, ‘City Livability Index’ will be launched on June 23. The final list of Smart Cities too will be announced on the same day, the Minister informed.
Moving a step closer to ensure ease of doing business by easing the clearance process, the Environment Ministry has done away with the need for separate Environmental Clearance from the Ministry for all building and construction projects of up to 1,50,000 sqm in Delhi. From now on all such approvals will be given by the Delhi Development Authority and the Municipal Corporations, Naidu said.
"I am happy to inform you that the Ministry has issued the notification on June 12.This is a culmination of sustained efforts for over a year," the Minister said.
"Delhi and Mumbai have worked overtime to introduce integrated, simplified common online application and approval mechanism for building plans. As a result, approval time has come down to 14 days from 29 days and in Mumbai to 19 days from 42 days. The other 51 cities with a population of million and above each would do so by September this year," he added.
Listing out the achievements of the government under its ambitious Housing for All by 2022 program, Naidu said construction of 20,25,573 affordable houses for urban poor has been approved in a short time as against only 12,40,904 sanctioned under JNNURM. He stated that new supplementary guidelines will soon be issued to enable private investments in affordable housing even on private lands under Affordable Housing in Partnership component of PMAY(Urban) under which only public sector partnership is allowed so far.
"We know we cannot achieve our goal alone. We need the private players. Therefore, we are coming out with supplementary guidelines," Naidu said.