The proposed smart city project near Indore may never see the light of the day, ostensibly because of unavailability of a minimum of 1,000 acres land.
Talking to reporters, state industry minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia said that any such smart city can come up only on 1,000 acres land which is not available near big cities like Indore and Bhopal.
Officials say that the state government plans to focus on developing industrial infrastructure rather than diverting funds for smart city projects.
"The land which is available near Indore and Bhopal can be best utilised for industrialisation as there is huge demand for prime industrial land near big cities," a state industry department official said.
Prior to the Global Investors Summit in October 2014 the state government had announced plans to develop a smart city on 1,000 acres of land.
The government officials had also scouted for land near Pithampur for the proposed project. A team of SmartCity Dubai was to visit the state to explore the possibilities of developing a smart city.
The state government officials had also said that a plan and proposed model of the smart city was being prepared. However, the proposed project is unlikely to materialize, if hints dropped by the industry minister are any indication.
Meanwhile, tendering process for the first smart city in Madhya Pradesh near Ujjain has been delayed. The union government proposes to develop a smart city —which will be an industrial town - near Ujjain under Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project.
The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) will invite international competitive bidding to develop a trunk infrastructure including water supply, sewerage treatment and roadways among others.