CM announces seven MP cities for Centre’s Smart Cities project

Updated on Jul 22, 2015 05:35 PM IST
Bhopal’s chances to secure a place in the top 20 cities that will be developed in the first phase of the Centre’s Smart Cities project have brightened with the state capital scoring 93 marks in the state-level evaluation of cities.
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

Bhopal’s chances to secure a place in the top 20 cities that will be developed in the first phase of the Centre’s Smart Cities project have brightened with the state capital scoring 93 marks in the state-level evaluation of cities.

In a meeting held on Tuesday, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan revealed the names of seven cities of Madhya Pradesh which will be included in the top 100 smart cities.

Bhopal is the frontrunner among the state’s seven cities. The other cities include Indore (88), Jabalpur (85), Gwalior (84), Sagar (81), Satna (81) and Burhanpur (78).

There was a tie between Burhanpur and Ujjain for the seventh place but on the chief minister’s insistence, Burhanpur was included in the list.

“The funds for Ujjain have already been released by the Centre for preparations of the Simhastha-2015, so Burhanpur should be included in the list,” the CM said.

The urban development and environment department has given full marks in Swacchta Abhiyan to all seven cities for launching the campaign at massive levels.

In the meeting, mayors and municipal corporation commissioners of different cities gave presentations before the CM.

Chouhan said the cities that were not included under the Government of India’s Smart Cities scheme on competition basis, will be developed as the state’s smart cities with similar facilities.

In his address to the mayors he said the state government’s vision was to develop every city into a smart city. For this, dedicated efforts were the pre-requisite, he said.

The CM asked the mayors to raise financial resources, improve revenue collection and increase the quality of public amenities. He said it was necessary to increase engineering staff in the municipal corporation.

Chouhan said the state government has already launched action plans and projects for GIS mapping, E-municipal corporation, improved sewage systems, housing for the poor, infrastructure development, water supply etc which could help build smart cities.

The criteria based on which the cities’ evaluation was done include performance under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, public grievances redressal system, online budget expenditure information, ward-level consultations, provision of penalties for delay in delivery of services, revenue collection status, timely payment of salary, accounts audit, percentage of expenditure of total budget on maintenance of water supply system, revenue collection compared to the total budget of the state, and city-level reforms under JNNURM.

Smart push

Seven cities – Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Sagar, Satna and Burhanpur – from the state will be among 100 to be developed under the Centre’s ‘Smart Cities’ scheme.

Bhopal, which scored 93 marks out of total 100 in the state-level evaluation of cities, is likely to secure a place in the top 20 cities that will be developed in the first phase.

There was a tie between Burhanpur and Ujjain for the seventh place but on the chief minister’s insistence, Burhanpur was included in the list.

The chief minister said the cities not included in the Centre’s Smart Cities scheme will be developed by the state.

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