17 May, 2021

Venkaiah Naidu, 65

Minister for Urban Development 4/10

Venkaiah Naidu, 65

The Andhra politician better known for his 'funny' and 'rhyming' one-liners—like, "We say dynasty is nasty in politics, Congressmen say dynasty is tasty"—is lording over one of Modi's key ministries. Traditionally, under the previous regime, the focus of the urban development ministry was on agencies like the Delhi Development Authority and schemes like JNNURM.

But after the end of the extended period of JNNURM, the focus of the ministry under the Narendra Modi government has shifted to the Prime Minister’s pet 100 Smart Cities proposal. Of course, it is impossible to see any result of the smart cities project in such a short time, but despite such a big claim, little has moved in that direction apart from large scale discussions on the subject. Says urban evangelist V. Ravichander, “What has happened is a proliferation of conferences on the smart city project. On the ground, nothing else is visible.”

The problem is that while the intent of creating the smart cities is a great one and an initial sanction of Rs...

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