Dehradun civic body gives go-ahead to Smart City proposal, but with a rider

  • Neha Pant, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Dec 12, 2015 17:44 IST
Corporators get into a heated debate during the DMC board meeting in Dehradun on Friday. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) gave the go-ahead to the Smart City proposal on Friday, but on a condition that at least half of the revenue generated after development of the city will compulsorily be invested on civic body works.

The condition was placed during a special meeting of the DMC board, which comprises the mayor and 60 corporators, convened for seeking its nod for the proposal.

The approval of the urban local body concerned (DMC in this case) is a prerequisite for sending the proposal to the Union ministry of urban development. The deadline for sending the proposal to the ministry is December 15.

Following a presentation on the proposal, city mayor Vinod Chamoli said the civic body would give its approval only if 50% of the revenue generated from all commercial activities in the Smart City was dedicated for development works.

“Also, all those work proposals would be executed only after prior clearance from the DMC board,” mayor Chamoli said.

Following the Central government guidelines, the state government has decided to develop a ‘greenfield area’ or to create a satellite city on the outskirts of the existing one by the name of ‘Greater Dehradun’ as an eco-friendly knowledge hub.

For the purpose, the government has decided to acquire 350 acres from a tea estate spread over approximately 2,000 acres.

Earlier, it planned to acquire the entire tea estate land, but went back on its move following a series of heated protests from environmentalists, social activists and political parties over the past fortnight.

Vice chairman of Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority R Meenakshi Sundaram told Hindustan Times that the government would not have any problem with accepting the DMC’s condition.

During the meeting, corporators alleged ‘sidelining’ of the DMC in the planning of smart city, amid some heated rounds of arguments. The corporators also questioned their role in the planning or execution of the project, given that the area to be developed (tea estate) does not fall under the DMC limits.

Sundaram, who is also the nodal officer for the project, said the DMC members would be a part of the advisory committee that will guide the execution of the smart city project.

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