Bhopal civic body ratifies Smart City proposal amid Cong opposition

  • HT Correspondent, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2015 18:05 IST
A 359-acre part of the Shivaji Nagar area in the city will be redeveloped for the project. (Representative image)

The proposal to develop Bhopal into a Smart City with a budget of Rs 3,437 crore was on Saturday passed by the general council meeting of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). The proposal has already received the state government’s nod.

Amid opposition by Congress corporators, who voiced concern over the redevelopment of Shivaji Nagar, the proposal was passed by voice notes in the council. The proposal will now be sent to the Centre on December 15.

According to the proposal, a 359-acre part of the Shivaji Nagar area in the city will be redeveloped for the project. A plan for smart, unified governance and smart waste management for the entire city has also been included in the proposal.

Addressing the meeting, mayor Alok Sharma said that smart street lights would also be adopted by the BMC.

“We are holding surveys for housing schemes to ensure that all slum dwellers get pucca houses in the city. We are working on making Bhopal a slum-free city,” he added.

The mayor also informed the corporators that the state government had appreciated BMC’s proposal.

However, Congress corporators raised objections regarding the redevelopment of Shivaji Nagar and also raised questions over why Bhopal was concentrating on redevelopment rather than retrofitting, unlike other cities in the state.

During the meeting, the corporators also tried to present a resolution against BMC commissioner Tejasvi Naik but couldn’t succeed, however, in his address, the mayor mentioned that officers shouldn’t ignore people’s representatives.

Other cities’ budgets

The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has presented a proposal of Rs 5,099 crore for the Smart City competition

Jabalpur Municipal Corporation of Rs 3,998 crore

Gwalior —Rs 2,415 crore

Ujjain — Rs 1,175 crore

Sagar — Rs 996 crore

Satna — Rs 1,130 crore

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