[Urbanstudy] Congress attacks Narendra Modi government, Smart City plan an unsmart scam

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Thu Jun 15 13:03:05 CDT 2017


http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/congress-attacks-narendra-modi-government-dubs-smart-city-project-a-scam/719264/

Congress attacks Narendra Modi government, dubs Smart City project a
scamCongress
party on Wednesday launched an attack against the Prime Minister Narendra
Modi-led central government over their Smart Cities project.
By: FE Online <http://www.financialexpress.com/author/feonline/> | New
Delhi | Published: June 15, 2017 11:36 AM



[image: Congress, BJP, Bharatiya Janata Party, Smart cities, Smart City
project, scam, Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi government, Randeep Surjewala,
S Surjewala, PM Narendra Modi, Modi government]In a series of tweets,
Congress communications department head Randeep Surjewala, called the
Bharatiya Janata Party’s ‘Smart City’ project an ‘Unsmart’ scam. (Photo:
PTI)

Congress <http://www.financialexpress.com/tag/congress/> party on Wednesday
launched an attack against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi
<http://www.financialexpress.com/tag/narendra-modi/>-led central government
over their Smart Cities project. In a series of tweets, Congress
communications department head Randeep Surjewala called Bharatiya Janata
Party’s ‘Smart City’ project an ‘Unsmart’ scam. He wrote, “Cat’s out of the
bag.BJP <http://www.financialexpress.com/tag/bharatiya-janata-party/>’s
‘Smart City’ project is an ‘Unsmart’ scam for making money by real estate &
tech players.” In reply to his earlier tweet, he posted another tweet
saying, “BJP Govt plans to spend 1.05 Lakh Cr by the year 2020 to benefit
only 2.7% of the already developed area occupied by the city’s rich. Acche
Din?” He further tweeted, “Proves that BJP cares a fig leaf for the urban
middle class or poor as it is a Govt of & for the ‘Super Rich’.
Discrimination galore!”

The Ministry of Urban Development in its official statement said that the
smart cities project is in its first phase where as a part of the
“lighthouse projects”, the small areas will be developed which will serve
as a replicable model for the rest of the city, according to an Indian
Express report.

While talking to Indian Express, Surjewala said, “Creation of urban
infrastructure, including access to clean water, electricity, sewage and
modern amenities, does not seem to be the goal of the Smart City Project.”
He also said that the project should be aimed at improving amenities for
the urban poor and the middle class.

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According to the report, data collected from various sources shows that 80
percent of the total fund (Rs 1.31 lakh crore) directed towards PM Narendra
Modi-led Central Government’s flagship project- the smart cities project,
will flow into well-developed pockets that account for only 2.7 per cent of
the cumulative area of cities identified under the initiative.


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http://indianexpress.com/article/india/smart-city-plan-an-unsmart-scam-congress-4704728/


*Smart City plan an unsmart scam: Congress*

Ajay Maken, a former Urban Development minister in the UPA government,
accused the government of preparing the Smart City scheme “without proper
homework”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 15, 2017 5:26 am

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The Congress on Wednesday flayed the Centre for its execution of the Smart
City project, reacting to a report in The Indian Express on how a major
chunk of funding will go into small pockets of cities that are already
developed.

In multiple tweets on Wednesday, Congress communications department head
Randeep Surjewala stated, “Cat’s out of the bag. BJP’s ‘Smart City’ project
is an ‘Unsmart’ scam for making money by real estate & tech players. BJP
Govt plans to spend 1.05 Lakh Cr by the year 2020 to benefit only 2.7% of
already developed area occupied by the city’s rich. Acche Din? Proves that
BJP cares a fig leaf for the urban middle class or poor as it is a Govt of
& for the the ‘Super Rich’. Discrimination galore!”

The Indian Express had analysed data from various official sources, which
showed that 80 per cent of the total funds — Rs 1.31 lakh crore — will go
into less than 3 per cent (246 sq km) of the total 9,065 sq km area of the
mission cities.

Surjewala said: “Creation of urban infrastructure, including access to
clean water, electricity, sewage and modern amenities, does not seem to be
the goal of the Smart City Project.” He said the project should have been
aimed at improving amenities for the urban poor and the middle class.

In its official statement, the Ministry of Urban Development said that this
was only the the first phase of the mission where small areas would be
developed as “lighthouse projects” that can eventually serve as a
replicable model for the rest of the city.

Ajay Maken, a former Urban Development minister in the UPA government,
accused the government of preparing the Smart City scheme “without proper
homework”.
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