A few days back, a reputed Indian daily news paper carried a misleading article on smart cities, Only 22% funds utilised in six Housing Ministry schemes, triggering a widespread speculation over actual progress of the Smart Cities Mission.
On July 1, 2017 a new tax regime, in the works since over 15 years, designed as 'One Nation, One Tax', went live! Its impact on infrastructure will resolve future litigation in this area and although will mean higher tax, will also allow input tax credit in many categories.
The Smart Cities Council India successfully organised its first-in-its-series of India-wide multicity smart cities workshops in Solapur on June 2, 2017. Solapur was selected under the CentreÂ’s smart city mission, which witnessed a lineup of world-class solution providers.
To make India 'Swachh Bharat', a few of these steps can be followed. Every house in rural areas should have a toilet. For that, apart from the subsidy given by the government at present, there should be a loan component of up to Rs 50,000 so that everyone can construct a good functional toilet.
Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu has launched Â‘Swachh Suvekshan-2017Â’ to assess and rank 500 cities and towns based on levels of sanitation and efforts made by respective urban local bodies and also to capture the progress towards achieving Â‘Open Defecation FreeÂ’ status.