As per reports, while the Rs 48,000 crore Smart Cities Mission is aimed at applying smart solutions to improve infrastructure and service delivery in the cities, the AMRUT mission, worth Rs 50,000 crore will boost infrastructure development of 500 cities with the population of over one lakh.

Pitching for a 'bottom-up model' of city development, PM Modi said a model for such development should not be thrust from the top. "It should be bottom up. A smart city means a city which is two steps ahead  of the basic necessities of a resident," PM Modi added.

"Now private property developers decide a city's growth. But often roads and drainage are not built when they lead the development. The city's residents and leadership should decide how a city should grow," the Prime Minister opined.

Modi said, “This scheme would ensure that the city's leadership takes charge of the development. Otherwise there remains a mismatch...our development should not create a conflict between our cities and the villages."

Earlier, in an endeavour to synchronize the living standards in the nation, the Union Cabinet on April 29, had cleared 100 Smart City projects. Moreover, the Cabinet had also given a nod to the old housing projects initiated by previous government.

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