The city bagged the award for Outstanding Performance in Flagship Schemes of Housing Ministry. The award was given by President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi on Tuesday.
The President presented awards for the year 2012-13 to various states and cities for outstanding performance in different categories under the flagship schemes of the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation.
Chandigarh got the award for Best City for Planned Habitat for Urban Poor. The award was received by UT administrator Shivraj Patil.
The award comprised a trophy, a letter of appreciation and cash incentive of Rs 3 lakh. For states, the award comprises a trophy, a letter of appreciation and cash incentive of Rs 5 lakh.
In his key note address, Mukherjee applauded the efforts of the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation for instituting these awards, which motivate the states, union territories and cities for working towards making cities more inclusive.
The President said slums and homelessness were the most visible outcomes of the systemic inadequacies in our cities, but lauded the efforts of the ministry for bridging the gaps in housing and access to housing for the urban poor, in partnership with states and cities, through various innovative schemes such as JNNURM, Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) and National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM), synergising all dimensions of residential, occupational and social vulnerability.