NDMC told to complete smart city projects before 2020 deadline
The green zone designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens in the early 20th century — where a mere 1.5% of the Capital’s 16.78 million people live — was chosen in the first list of smart city programme.delhi Updated: Jul 16, 2017 23:43 IST
The Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has asked the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to ensure completion of smart city projects ahead of time so that it can lead by example for the rest of the country.
The NDMC area — also known as city’s VIP zone as it houses bungalows of ministers, politicians and bureaucrats — made it to the first list of 20 urban centres to be developed under the Central government’s flagship smart city programme announced last year. The Rs 1,800 crore smart city plan of NDMC has a completion deadline of 2020.
On Saturday, a review meeting was held by Durga Shanker Mishra, secretary (housing and urban affairs), during which differential timelines for key elements of the plan was fixed.
Work on a range of major projects will begin in phases by October this year, for which tendering is in progress.
“These include setting up of a unified command and control centre, smart water and power grids, multi-level parking at Khan Market, sensor-based smart parking, public bike sharing, converting an additional 333 classrooms into smart ones, sewage treatment plants and smart public hygiene centres,” an official said, adding that smart redesign of 13 roads, totaling 31 kms, including seven roads leading to Connaught Place, will begin much earlier.
Similarly, a March 2018 deadline was fixed for implementation of projects worth another Rs 500 crore, which includes development of India Investment Centre at Yashwant Place, Shivaji terminal transport hub, world class skill centre at Moti Bagh, incubation centre and Paryatan Bhawan etc.
The green zone designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens in the early 20th century — where a mere 1.5% of the Capital’s 16.78 million people live — was chosen in the first list of smart city programme.
The Lutyens’ area, with wide, tree-lined promenades, spacious bungalows and the Capital’s signature landmarks — but covering just 3% of the city total landmass — was ranked number 15 on the list.
Presenting the details of projects implemented so far in Saturday’s review meeting, NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar asserted that the civic body has made a good beginning with smart solutions initiatives already yielding positive results.
“Student enrollment and OPD registration have shown good improvement. Mobile app ‘Smart City 311’ is finding wider traction with citizens availing various services online,” Kumar said, claiming that all projects will meet the timeline.
Officials said the urban affairs secretary asked NDMC to include more services on the 311 app like bus schedules and frequencies at all bus stops, information related to parking lots and availability of slots therein.
Concerns were also raised over sub-optimal utilization of multi-level car parking at Sarojini Nagar. Mishra asked the council to come out with an enforcement plan for its full utilization at the earliest. The civic body was also asked to pursue pedestrianisation of Connaught Place and Khan Market with appropriate action plans.