Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday launched the blueprint of the first ever smart city — the Rs35,000-crore Cidco Navi Mumbai (south) Smart City project.
“Let the entire world know that to accomplish the dream of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first smart city of India has been launched in Maharashtra,” the CM said during the launch. The event was held at Cidco Exhibition Centre, Vashi.
Fadnavis said, “It is often felt that a smart city is only for the affluent. However, on the contrary, this project is inclusive and has taken care of the common man, apart from being gender sensitive. It intends to raise the standard of living of the common man and provide him efficient services by using minimal resources and also provide a sustainable city.”
Fadnavis said the plan for affordable housing by constructing 55,000 homes for the economically weaker sections will provide an opportunity to every individual to reside in the city.
The CM said planning authorities should not burden people but ensure transparency. “Online services will prevent harassment and also provide ease of use,” he said. “Drinking water, sewage treatment plant and solid waste management are the key to a smart city. Recycling of water is so very important today to ensure optimum use of this precious resource.”