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US to offer support for sustainable transport solutions for Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Three Indian cities are set to get support from the US to unclog their traffic woes.  The US Department of Transportation has agreed to offer sustainable transport solutions for the cities of Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam.

Bilateral cooperation in the field of transportation was discussed during a meeting between the visiting US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu here today.

The two sides focused on cooperation on the transportation elements of smart cities including efficient public transportation systems, Intelligent Transport Systems, Traffic Information and Control, multimodal integration and capacity building and training in the field of urban transportation.

Naidu gave a detailed account of initiatives being taken in the urban sector including building of 100 smart cities, New Urban Rejuvenation Mission for 500 cities, Housing For All, Swachh Bharat Mission etc, with the objective of enhancing the quality of lives of the people in urban areas and enabling cities to drive economic growth.

Foxx, who was earlier Mayor of Charlottee, North Carolina during 2009-13 stressed that efficient urban transportation based on proper planning and execution holds the key to making cities more livable. He said the US Government is focusing on promoting regional transport solutions. He described the initiative of building 100 smart cities in India as ‘very exciting’.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Urges MPs to Take Zeal of ‘Swachhata Abhiyan Campaign’ to Every Village

"Swachhata Abhiyan has now become a movement. People across the country have now become more aware about cleanliness and its associated health benefits," said Singh

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The government's much publicised Swachh Bharat Mission -- which aims to enhance the level of sanitation in India and make the country open defecation free (ODF). Flickr

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday launched a special cleanliness drive in the Parliament and urged the MPs to take the zeal of the campaign to every village in the country.

Birla said the commencement of the ‘Swachhata Abhiyan’ in the Parliament House was an endeavour to spread the message of cleanliness envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi.

The Swachhata Abhiyan was earlier launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to coincide with the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi which falls on October 2. Birla said that MPs were the representatives of 130 crore people in the Parliament and had an important role to spread awareness about cleanliness.

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“Swachhata Abhiyan has now become a movement. People across the country have now become more aware about cleanliness and its associated health benefits,” said Singh. Flickr

“Swachhata is next to Godliness and this campaing is not only an Abhiyan of the Parliament alone, but will serve as an occasion to take the message of Swachhata to every village and town of the country to keep the society healthy,” said Birla.

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Earlier, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that this was the first time that such an initiative took place in the Parliament as he congratulated Birla for the effort.

“Swachhata Abhiyan has now become a movement. People across the country have now become more aware about cleanliness and its associated health benefits,” said Singh. The members also paid floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and took a pledge to spread the message of cleanliness. (IANS)