Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the three-day New Urban India Conclave and Expo in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. In fact, Prime Minister Modi arrived at the venue at 10.30 am today. Here he reached Indira Gandhi foundation in Lucknow and visited the exhibition on modern residential techniques. He was accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and CM Yogi Adityanath.
In his address, Prime Minister Modi said, "I am happy that for 3 days, experts from all over the country are going to gather and brainstorm on the new nature of India's cities in Lucknow. The exhibition that has been held here showcases 75 years of achievements and new resolutions of the country in this Amrut Mahotsav of Independence.'' He further said, "After 2014, our government also formulated a clear policy on the size of houses, we decided that no house less than 22 square metres would be built. We started sending the money directly to the beneficiaries' accounts as we increased the size of the house. We have handed over the entire freedom from the design of houses to the construction of houses to beneficiaries.''
At the same time, he also said, "This time, 7.50 lakh Diyas are scheduled to be lit in Ayodhya in Deepawali. I tell Uttar Pradesh to come to the field in the competition for lights. See, Ayodhya lights more Diyas that these 9 lakh houses have been given, these 9 lakh houses show by lighting 18 lakh Diyas.'' LED street lights are also saving about 1,000 crore rupees every year for urban bodies. Now, this amount is being used for other development activities. LED has also reduced the electricity bill of people living in the city. He further said, "More than 7 lakh colleagues from UP have availed the Benefits of Swanidhi Yojana.''