Chandigarh set to take the smart lane

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2015 12:19 IST

With Chandigarh set to be part of the Central government’s project for 100 smart cities, top officers of the UT left for Delhi to get the project guidelines before finalising the department-wise targets.

UT administrator’s adviser Vijay Dev leads the Chandigarh team that would take part in sessions over two days at Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital. This is part of final consultations ahead of the June 25 formal launch of the Smart City project.

These 100 cities’ governments would take part in a competition over having the best projects, and 20 cities would be chosen for funding during this fiscal. After that, 40 would be selected for financing in 2016-17, and the remaining 40 in the next financial year. Uttar Pradesh will get to nominate 13 cities, the highest number, while the UT Chandigarh has been assigned a spot.

Dev, who was at an estate office camp in Sector 8 on Wednesday, said, “We are already well-placed as a city, and are keen to receive the guidelines from the Union ministry of urban development.”

Speaking with HT later, he added, “The sessions (to be attended by chief ministers and top bureaucrats) would also share best practices and the expectations in each field. For instance, 24x7 supply of water is an essential part of a smart city. There would be guidelines on mobility and electricity supply, among other things.”

The administration has already held meetings to take stock of the different departments and their basic requirements. “Once we have the project norms, we will prepare plans for each department and on each deliverable. Those detailed project reports and financial requirements would be submitted, and accordingly the approvals received from the Centre,” said Dev.

These reports would also comprise how the administration would generate funding for the projects, and how much money it would need as central assistance. “Options on funding patterns would also be shared as part of the sessions in Delhi,” Dev added.

Along with smart cities, the BJP-led NDA government is also launching two other flagship schemes — the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) to replace the existing Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), and the Housing for All plan. AMRUT is to cover 500 cities, of which 476 have been identified, while the housing plan is a wider project.

On Thursday, as part of discussions and presentations on all three projects, there would be a two-hour session on smart cities from noon, which would see presentation of a PPP mode too for the project. On Friday, the exercise would conclude with group discussions on all three projects.

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