Issue: February 2019
  Multi -Pronged Approach to Urban Transformation by Shri Durga Shanker Mishra
  Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India. The author opines that Smart Cities are the incubators of the New Urban India
  National Water Ways : integrated transport network by Shri Pravir Pandey
  Vice Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India, Government of India. The author opines that a developed IWT will not only augment the overall
  UDAN – Giving New Meaning to Air Connectivity is the focus article by Ms Usha Padhee.
  The author said that UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) is a fulcrum under NCAP to make air travel convenient and affordable for the common man in small cities, and, through
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Transforming India

What does a person look for when he wants to settle down in a city or town? He checks to see whether he can find a house he can afford, electricity connection, sanitation facilities, connectivity by way of roads and highways for daily movement, rail and airport connectivity for outstation movement; nearby schools and hospitals for any medical emergencies etc. Infrastructure development, can, therefore, be considered the key to the life of the common man. It is also a crucial factor in the economic development of the nation. Therefore, infrastructure development has been the priority of the Government and it has taken numerous initiatives towards better infrastructure creation. Creating housing infrastructure is one of the key priorities of the Government. A roof over one’s head is the dream of every person and the Government’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana was introduced to realize this dream. The PMAY aims at ‘Housing for All’ by 2022. Ensuring electricity connectivity to the remotest villages is another important programme of the Government. The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana - Saubhagya schemes are transforming the lives of people in rural India. Creation of Smart Cities is yet another major project of the Government. The basic idea behind the Smart Cities project is not only to create cities with better civic amenities or improved infrastructure but also help create inclusive and collaborative cities, with the aim of transforming the lives of the people living there. Creation of infrastructure in various fields such as education, health etc. has also been the focus of the Government. Roads are the lifeline of any country and connectivity is a critical aspect of infrastructure for the common man. Good roads and highways help to reach places faster. Therefore, Government aims at creating improved road and highway infrastructure under the Bharatmala scheme. Similarly, Government has given a big push to transformational changes in rail infrastructure as well as development of inland waterway routes. Through the UDAN scheme, the Government seeks to make air travel affordable for the common man in small cities. Thus, creating facilities for the common man through improved infrastructure has been the priority of the Government. The various Government schemes and programmes will go a long way in the process of transforming the life of the citizens and ensuring all round progress of the nation.
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