New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for “decentralisation” of urban planning, saying that planning should be done at the state level. The Prime Minister further said that the development of satellite towns will reduce the pressure on cities.
Addressing a conference of BJP Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s Council in Gujarat via video conferencing, PM Modi said, ‘In this year’s budget, emphasis has been laid on urban planning. It is imperative that urban planning should be decentralised. There should be urban planning at the state level, everything cannot be done from Delhi. There are many satellite cities in the country which are developing around the big cities. Work should be done to develop satellite towns strategically. Only then, the pressure on the cities will reduce”.
The Prime Minister also appreciated the conduct of the conference and said that “it has a major role to play in preparing the road map of India’s urban development for the next 25 years” during the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
PM Modi reminded the mayors the responsibility of working from the ground level.
“Our country trusts the BJP. It is the responsibility of all mayors to work from the ground level. Better facilities should be provided and development should be well planned,” he said.
The Prime Minister remembered former Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was once a member of Ahmedabad Municipality and said that the work done by him is respected even today.
“Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was once a member of the Ahmedabad Municipality. He also led Ahmedabad as the Mayor. After this start, he rose to become the Deputy Prime Minister. The work he did decades ago in the Municipality continues to this day. Remembered with respect. We will follow his path for a better India and work for its development. All mayors should follow Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Prayas.”