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Jalandhar finally makes it to Smart City list

After facing failure in the two rounds of competition, the city has finally made it to the list of the cities across the country that will be developed under the Smart City project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

punjab Updated: Sep 21, 2016 11:43 IST
Harvinder Kaur
The enlistment of Jalandhar in the Smart City project has brought a new hope for the city residents.
The enlistment of Jalandhar in the Smart City project has brought a new hope for the city residents.(HT File Photo)

After facing failure in the two rounds of competition, the city has finally made it to the list of the cities across the country that will be developed under the Smart City project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Union Urban Development Ministry on Tuesday announced the names of 27 new cities that will be included in the Smart City project. Along with Jalandhar, Amritsar has been chosen in the third round. Now, the state has a total of three cities Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana that have successfully made it to the Smart City list. Ludhiana was selected in the second round.

HOW WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN DEVELOPMENT OF CITY?

The enlistment of Jalandhar in the Smart City project has brought a new hope for the city residents. If the vision document that was submitted by the municipal corporation under the project gets implemented in true spirit, Jalandhar will be counted as one of the most developed cities. This document has been prepared by the civic body after having public interaction through various surveys by hiring consultants for the project. The vision statement has been named as “Healthy and Productive Jalandhar, the leading sports and manufacturing hub in Asia.”

Read | How Jalandhar made it in third round

HOW WILL IT WORK?

The project will have two important components, one as ‘area-based development’ and the second as “Pan city”. In the area-based development, around 1,055 acres of area in the city has been included in the document to be developed as a smart area. This particular area will have all kinds of facilities like water supply sewerage management, power, advanced health facilities, ICT-based e-learning modules in schools, rejuvenation of the canal system. The area will have boundaries starting from DAV College covering Workshop Chowk, Football Chowk, Sports Market to Nehlawali Pooli, Bisht Doab Canal etc.

MULTIPURPOSE SPORTS STADIUM

Under its area-based development, the construction of a multipurpose stadium in Burlton Park which will be termed as “Sport Hub of Jalandhar” has been planned over 63 acres of land.

With an estimated cost of Rs 550 crore, this park would be developed on the pattern of a Melbourne-based stadium in Australia. This sports hub will have indoor and outdoor stadium along with leisure parks, clubs and hotels.

Officials informed that the area wold be developed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The project is expected to give boost to the local sports industry and give it recognition in the international market along with generating employment.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND SAFETY UNDER PAN CITY PLAN

In the pan city program of the mission, the MC has proposed the up gradation of the public transport system along with integrated public utility and public safety system (ITSPUPS).

For upgrading public transportation system, high quality CNG AC and non-AC low floor standard size and medium size buses having GPS devices will be made available in the city.

PUBLIC UTILITY AND SAFETY

Camera and sensors at vulnerable locations, including fixed camera, pan tilt zoom cameras, collaborative monitoring will be installed along with installation of smart poles at vulnerable locations with Wi-Fi capability LED light and smart cameras. Smart billing and sensors, leakage sensors, ghost pipe detection systems and data analytics using data across water and sewerage network will be established.

SOURCE OF FUNDS

For implementing the project, a total of Rs 1,000 crore will be released in four years. While in the first year, both the central and state governments will release Rs 200 crore each, Rs 100 crore will be released in the consecutive year making it total of Rs 1,000 crore.

Mayor Sunil Jyoti said that after the MC receives an official letter on the mission, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be formed to implement the project.

He said that in the first phase Rs 198 crore (Rs 2 crore already released for hiring consultants) in the next three months.