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Funds released for ‘Smart Cities’


The Ministry of Urban Development released Rs 200 crore for each of the 98 cities which have recently been nominated under the ‘Smart Cities’ Mission. Releasing the release order for the funds in the presence of Mayors, Municipal Commissioners and other ULBs, Minister Venkaiah Naidu urged,' Use this money to create your city development plans and use this wisely. City leaders will have to be proactive and create an atmosphere of confidence among the citizens that their city is indeed set for a renewal. The path is difficult and therefore we need the ULB leaders to be dynamic.'

Consultants to guide city development plans


For Smart Cities project, the nodal agencies like the Town and Country Planning Department, Urban Development Authority, etc will appoint a consultant from the empaneled list for assisting in preparation of a detailed project report (DPR). The consultant will assess the quantum of work as per the draft request for proposal (RFP) and draw up proposal for the DPR.

Swachh Bharat adds 4.35 lakh household toilets in urban areas


Official figures pegged the number of newly constructed toilets in urban India at 4.35 lakh, since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in October last year.
Apart from 4,35,805 toilets constructed in urban areas till July this year, 22,419 toilet seats were made available and the number of municipal wards reporting 100 per cent door-to-door collection of municipal solid waste was also increasing.