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Zero foreign investment till date in Modi’s smart cities mission


On an RTI query filed by BusinessLine on how much foreign funding Indian cities identified under this mission have garnered, the Ministry of Urban Development said that “no investment has been received”.

This is despite Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s visits abroad to attract investments, apart from talks with visiting foreign delegations here.

Moreover, on the size of foreign investment, which the government expects to receive under this mission, the RTI reply stated, “No study has been done by the Ministry of Urban Development in this regard.”

The Cabinet has approved ₹48,000 crore, that is ₹100 crore per city per year for five years for the mission. States have to match this amount and gather funds via public-private-partnership and convergence from other schemes.

“Foreign investment can’t flow just like that. It will come in the form of technology which is a difficult task. Municipalities and city leaders will need to come up with PPP projects where investors can come in after all approvals are in place. There is a deficit of such projects at the moment,” said Pratap Padode, Founder, Smart Cities Council India. The Council is a consortium of smart city practitioners and experts.

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