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President Murmu urges investment in rural infrastructure to alleviate city pressure
9/27/2023 11:55:59 PM
NEW DELHI, Sept 27: Villages should be provided with top quality basic infrastructure to reduce pressure on cities where the human population is rising, said President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday.
"I would like to suggest in the interest of the countrymen that like cities, excellent basic infrastructure should also be provided in rural pockets in the areas of health and education. By doing this, the pressure on cities will be reduced and the lives of rural people will become better," said President Murmu in her address at the India Smart Cities Conclave 2023 here
By 2047, the President said, India's urban population is projected to grow from the current level of 40 crore to over 87 crore, meaning more than 50 per cent of the people in the country would be living in urban areas after nearly two and a half decades.
These figures indicate that there is a need to move forward by preparing a future roadmap in view of the growing aspirations and needs of cities and their people, she said.
The President also said that there is a need to do more work in the areas of climate change, use of green fuels and achieving sustainable development goals in town planning.
Referring to the rapidly growing Indian investment in urban development, she said the 'Smart City' project has played an important role in implementing excellent works and developing viable business models.
The President said that the G20 sub-group 'Urban 20' has strived to establish a sustainable system of engagement between cities and through this, a collective message has been conveyed that urban management has an important role to play in advancing the priorities of sustainable development.
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