Smart city may be a dream for Doon
The Uttarakhand capital may fail to find itself in the first list of smart cities as the government is yet to finalise the blueprint for the ambitious project, said officials on Wednesday.dehradun Updated: Oct 01, 2015 16:14 IST
The Uttarakhand capital may fail to find itself in the first list of smart cities as the government is yet to finalise the blueprint for the ambitious project, said officials on Wednesday.
Apart from the announcement of Dehradun’s makeover, there has not been much effort to draw up a detailed project report, said sources in the state urban development department.
Although a consultant has been selected to draw up the blueprint of the proposed smart city, no work has been done on the ground, some of them said.
Earlier this year, the Centre had selected 98 cities and towns, including Dehradun to be developed as smart cities.
Each selected city had been asked to prepare a plan by January 2016.
The plans will be evaluated and the top 20 cities will be finally selected for funding.
“A consultant has been finalised from among the agencies that were already empanelled and sent to us by the Union government,” said state urban development secretary DS Garbyal.
“The consultant is yet to hold discussion with the department to finalise the detailed project report, which will be prepared in accordance with the city’s needs and the guidelines issued by Centre,” he said.
He further said that the Uttarakhand government has decided to focus on the expansion of green belt and renovating present infrastructure of the city rather than creating new housing or construction zones.
“Retrofitting or renovation will be best possible option within the existing boundary of the city, apart from a creating green belt, and a land bank of more than 500 acres…which will be done in accordance with the blueprint approved by the Centre,” said state urban development secretary DS Garbyal.