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Govt to run pilot for growth hubs programme in four cities: MoS, ET Infra


The government has identified Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Varanasi, Surat and Visakhapatnam for running its pilot project under the Growth Hubs programme, minister of state for planning Rao Inderjit Singh said in response to a question in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

“The Growth Hubs programme is an initiative to develop city regions in a planned manner in order to achieve the economic target of making India a $30 trillion economy by 2047 under its Viksit Bharat plan,” he said.

“The Growth Hubs programme aims to develop a template for devising economic growth strategy for identified city regions across the country and prepare a roadmap for achieving the same which inter alia includes identification of key growth drivers, enablers and interventions,” he added.

According to the minister, the city regions have been defined as a group of districts which are economically and socially adjacent, related, or co-dependent and the cities have been selected based on the criteria of geographic spread, size and scale.

“Given the scale of the project, an institutional mechanism has been put in place wherein a National Steering committee chaired by CEO, NITI Aayog has been set-up involving officials from ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) and domain experts,” he said.

“In addition, each state (Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh) has constituted a steering committee for strategic interventions and overall monitoring under the chairmanship of chief secretary,” he said, adding that states have also constituted designated cells for operational matters.

“A statement of intent has been signed by NITI Aayog with Institute of Sustainability, Employment and Growth ( ISEG ) Foundation and World Resources Institute (WRI) India for the project,” he said.

Commenting on the template for economic growth strategy for identified city regions, the minister said it includes identification of organisational and financial unlocks, implementation milestones for the short-listed growth drivers, plan for targeted funding and proposed governance structure.

  • Published On Dec 4, 2023 at 05:30 PM IST

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