MP urban development and environment department officials are a busy lot. After successfully putting Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur on the list of first 20 cities to be developed as a smart city, the department officials are now concentrating on bettering the proposal of Sagar and Satna for the second round of the project.
Sagar and Satna ranked 51 and 55 respectively on the list declared by urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on January 28. Three cities from Madhya Pradesh had made on the first list of 20 cities to be developed as smart cities.
The smart city project in-charge CU Roy said, “We are concentrating on the proposal of Sagar and Satna. We have three months to make necessary changes and make the proposal more attractive so that these cities find place in the second list surely.”
The urban development and environment department will also send the proposal of Ujjain and Gwalior without any change to the ministry of urban development as Ujjain and Gwalior stood at 21 and 22 notches, respectively.
“We are not much bothered about Ujjain and Gwalior’s proposal as these cities scored well with 55.03 and 54.82 % in the first round,” Roy said.
The second round of the challenge will be open on April 1 and states have to submit the proposal by June 30. The results for the second round will be announced in August.
Ministry of urban development has also released a list of 23 cities under special fast-track proposal to cover all the states and union territories. The remaining four cities of MP, however, will not get a place on the list as in the first round of the challenge, three cities — Jabalpur, Indore and Bhopal — got selected for the smart city project from Madhya Pradesh.
The urban development department has also initiated the process of registration of all three companies of Jabalpur, Indore and Bhopal for special purposed vehicles (SPVs). “With registration process, the file containing proposal has been sent for cabinet approval. We are trying to complete both the process together so that we will not find any problem in getting funds,” said Roy.