UT administration submits Smart City proposal to Centre

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2015 20:19 IST

After deliberations for the past seven months based on feedback of city residents, the UT administration on Tuesday submitted the smart city proposal to the Centre. The Centre will now review the proposals submitted by 98 cities, of which 20 will shortlisted by January-end. The work on the proposals is expected to begin in the next financial year.

Proposals at a glance

Vikas Marg as business hub

A tract of 300 acre along 7.1-km stretch of Vikas Marg between Sectors 43 and 46 will be developed as commercial hub. The plan is to generate business and jobs in education and healthcare sectors. Trams have been proposed for short distance travel.

Funding pattern

There is plan to pump in Rs 1,500 cr in the city. If selected, the Centre will give Rs 500 crore and Rs 500 crore will be shared by the UT administration and the MC. A sum of Rs 500 crore will be generated through public-private partnerships and government schemes.

IT-enabled services

A single portal will be created where citizens will be able to access all the government services without any manual interference. Services such as online payment of bills, online licence and police clearance certificates will be a reality.

Security, traffic management

About 1,000 CCTV cameras will keep an eye on the traffic. Automated traffic signals and a control room are on the cards. Integrated transport management system for real-time information on buses, will be introduced. There will be a command centre and emergency response system.

Area-based development

The thrust will be on Sectors 17, 22, 35, 43, where round-the-clock water and power supply will be introduced. The administration will lay underground power cables, introduce vehicle-free zones, allow 11-storeyed commercial towers. All parkings will be automated.

Pedestrian, cyclist-friendly

New green belts and parks will come up and they will be transformed into community spaces. Data will be shared with residents about pollution levels in different parts of the city through an environment control room.

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