Singh identified rapid urbanization as the main reason behind growing slums in India. He announced that his government is planning to build at least 15 lakh houses for the urban poor. He said such projects are vital as they will help India become a developed country.
“The pace of urbanization in India is going very fast. In 1971, the urban population was 11 crore. In the last 40 years till the year 2011, the strength in urban population went up by 27 crore. It is estimated that its strength will go up by 22 crore in the next 20 years… Our growing slums in cities present a picture of the kind of problems that arise because of urbanization,” Singh noted.
Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Girija Vyas, governors of Punjab and Haryana Shivraj Patil and Jaganath Pahadia, chief ministers of the two states Parkash Singh Badal and Bhupinder Singh Hooda and local Congress MP Pawan Bansal were also present at the inauguration.