Uttarakhand will go ahead with the Smart City project in Dehradun even if the central government fails to take it up in the first phase of the ambitious urban renovation scheme, the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) officials said here on Thursday.
Dehradun has been chosen by the union ministry of urban development as one of the 98 urban areas to be developed into smart cities, though it is yet to clear stage 2 of the national challenge to get into the 20 cities list in the first phase.
A memorandum of understanding will soon be signed with a Chinese university which will not only provide world-class technology but also offer investment support to sustain Doon’s smart city works, said R Meenakshi Sundaram, vice chairman of the MDDA while addressing a press conference here. MDDA is a local decision-making agency and also a nodal group for implementing the Smart City project in Dehradun.
Meanwhile, the MDDA will also be conducting an exercise to develop an exhaustive land bank for the purpose of developing the smart city in Doon. “For the purpose, we will follow three strategies: taking all available vacant government land, taking up large chunk of private lands through owners’ consent and land pooling through which serviced urban land will be handed over to owners who will provide their agricultural land for the project,” Sundaram said. A mobile application comprising a range of citizen service deliveries will be created as a part of the smart city plan.
Sundaram said the MDDA was also conducting citizen participatory workshops to seek suggestions from locals about the smart city scheme.
The BJP-led Central government has planned to create 100 smart cities which would be self-sustained townships in their own, where well-networked infrastructure and information technology would make life easy. Doon is expected to get a fund of Rs 500 crore over the next five years from the Centre, while the state government/urban local body will be required to pitch in a matching amount.