Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on 09 September 2017 asked the people to be prepared for higher taxes or user charges in order to realise the dream of smart cities and upgraded, modern infrastructure in the existing ones. While adding that the people would feel comfortable doing so if things were executed in a transparent manner and with accountability.
Naidu, on the second day of his maiden Jharkhand tour after becoming Vice President, was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the first and only greenfield smart city project, in Ranchi. He also laid the foundation stone for an urban civic centre, a convention centre and an urban planning and management institute.
The VP said, “Nothing can be a justification for violence in a democratic nation. But there are people who remain silent when Maoists kill common people, but raise hue and cry when Maoists are killed. They begin talking about human rights. Human rights are for the common people, the poor people. Those who kill are not humans, he said, adding that peace and security was required for development and success of any project. Jab tak tension rahega, attention nahin de paayenge (Till the time there is tension, we can’t give attention to development),” he said. Naidu also said that mafia elements should not be encouraged.
The greenfield project, envisaging a 100 per cent green city, would be developed over the next couple of years on 656 acres, the land for which has been given by the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC).