Ranchi gets going to fulfill smart city norms

  • Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Oct 23, 2015 22:10 IST
A page created by the Ranchi Municipal Corporation to seek public opinion on the proposed Smart City in Ranchi. (HT Photo)

The Jharkhand government will launch a slew of projects before Diwali next month to improve the state capital’s civic and transport system, Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) officials have said.

In bid to clinch a spot in the first 20 cities to benefit from the Prime Minister’s smart city project, the RMC will kick start the massive work of building new drainage and sewerage systems.

The project will also include repair and renovation of old systems that can hardly handle the cities growing population and booming real estate, the officials added.

Officials said that the project will be implemented in four phases and the corporation will try to cover most of the city before December 15, 2015, the deadline to meet the Smart City parameters, one of the most important being improved drainage and sewerage networks.

Deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya said that the RMC has already started small works in areas under Phase 1. “We will start work simultaneously in the other phases in November.

The project will be officially launched in the November first week,” he said, adding it was essential for the city to grow and achieve a Smart City status.

The Jharkhand government will officially lay the foundation stone for a waste and bio-medical disposal plant at Jhiri, around 7 km from Ranchi.

Cleared by the cabinet this year the waste plant will be used to dispose of more than 500 tonnes of garbage generated inside the RMC area per day and a bio-medical waste plant that will help more than 700 hospitals and nursing homes dispose their waste.

“The plant has been a long-pending project and is essential to keep Ranchi clean,” said Mayor Asha Lakra, adding that the government has completed the process for the fast construction of the plant.

Under its project to improve the central inter-state bus stand at Khadgara in Ranchi, the state has announced that it has almost completed the upgradation.

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