HYDERABAD, June 17 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi would inaugurate work on Smart City projects from Pune on June 25, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said today.
The works would start simultaneously in 20 cities across the country, Naidu said, adding that development of some cities as �smart cities� would motivate others also to work for progress.
�It is like a lighthouse. If there is a lighthouse, everybody would look at that. If some smart cities are developed, there will be competition among others also, municipalities will increase their revenue and things will improve,� he said here.
The Smart City mission, one of the flagship programmes of the NDA government, was announced on June 25 last year.
He said Modi is leading the country on the path of progress with innovative thinking and out of the box ideas and cited examples like supplying neem-coated urea and massive construction of highways. � PTI