The Uttarakhand government is all set to send a reworked smart city proposal to the central government only after its stakeholders resolved the issues which led to the project’s failure last time, officials said on Wednesday.
Uttarakhand’s project had finished last with 38.13 marks and failed to make it to the top 20 smart cities’ list in the first round of the selection process. The selection process was part of the central government’s plan to develop modern infrastructure cities across the country. It had invited proposals in this regard and the results were announced in January this year. However, Dehradun’s proposal failed it.
One of the reasons for the poor showing had reportedly been the selection of tea garden land on the outskirts of Dehradun for the project which had triggered massive protests from workers and environment activists. Interestingly, the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) had then suggested against the selection of the land and proposed redevelopment of Dehradun into a smart city instead of freshly building one on the tea estate land.
Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) vice-chairman R Meenakshi Sundaram, who had prepared the project earlier as a nodal officer, said that he would seek inputs from the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) before revising the proposal, which has to be submitted with the Union urban development ministry by April 15.
City mayor Vinod Chamoli welcomed the development authority’s decision and said that the municipal corporation might suggest the smart city site away from the tea gardens and on the outskirts of Dehradun, which would not contradict the public sentiment. Chamoli said retrofitting or redevelopment options should be exercised to make the project viable.
Earlier in January, the Bharatiya Janata Party supported civic body faction had accused the state government of excluding it from the planning phase of smart city.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Anoop Nautiyal had suggested that the state government should “urgently send its project team to Bhubaneswar and study its proposal, which is citizen centric model.