Indore is using fund from central government schemes such as AMRUT and Housing for All to transform Rajwada and MOG Lines (742 acres) into a smart city.
Under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), the Indore Municipal Corporation is setting up drinking water supply system and sewerage system in the smart city area.
“Primary and secondary sewerage lines and storm water drainage lines in the central area (Rajwada) are in very bad shape. Under AMRUT scheme, sewerage and drinking water lines are being laid in smart city area,” Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) CEO Rohan Saxena told HT.
CP Shekhar Nagar, Chhatribagh and Krishnapura Chhatri in the smart city area would be developed into green spaces under the AMRUT scheme, he said.
The Housing for All scheme will be used for rehabilitation of slum dwellers under the smart city’s area.
For underground cabling and laying electric network, setting up smart transformers and smart metering in the area, ISCDL will use the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS).
Under the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM), the civic body will be developing an incubation centre/skill development centre at Veer Savarkar market and vendor’s zone at Jinsi area or Mhow Naka.
According to sources in the municipal body, the ISCDL has received `243 crore from the centre and the state government under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Smart City programme.
According to an estimate, `5,000 crore would be required over a period of five years to develop 742 acres of area into smart city. Hence, the ISCDL is looking for other sources for the fund.
Notably, AMRUT, NULM, Housing for All, IPDS have been designed for development of a municipal area and not just an area that falls under the smart city project.
Under the guidelines of the smart city project, a local government is allowed to use fund from other central schemes.