As no project under the smart city mission has been started till date, Saurabh Jain, director, special purpose vehicle (SPV), for the smart city, on Tuesday has directed the officials concerned to ensure the work to be started on the project before June 25.
Saurabh Jain conducted meeting with officials of Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL), Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) and consultants at MC’s Zone D office on Tuesday. Sources said Jain expressed dissatisfaction as no project has been started till date.
Smart City Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015, while the Ludhiana was selected in the list of first 20 cities to be developed as smart cities in January 2016. However, Ludhiana’s smart city project is still hanging fire.
Even the tender process of different projects under the smart city is hanging fire as the officials concerned were not taking the projects seriously, sources said. Though the central government had released the funds of ₹190 crore, the state government had been delaying in release of these funds to LSCL. However, some amount of funds have been released by the state government recently, they added.
In June 2017, the smart city mission will complete its two years but no project has been started on the ground level in Ludhiana, said Jain.
While talking to mediapersons, Jain said that in some other cities, the work of projects under smart city has been started on the ground level. But, the tender process of different projects is still pending here, he claimed.
He has given instructions to the officials to ensure implementation of the project under smart city by June 25. Meanwhile, he also visited to see the MC’s static compactor system near Dugri Road Canal Bridge and solid waste management plant at main garbage dumping point on Tajpur Road.
STRAP Smart city project: Ludhiana was selected to be developed as smart city in January 2016, but work is still hanging fire