In ‘triple engine’ push to Doon as Smart City, BJP eyes ‘bigger goals’
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In ‘triple engine’ push to Doon as Smart City, BJP eyes ‘bigger goals’

dehradun Updated: Jun 23, 2017 20:34 IST
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The area near Clock Tower of Dehradun will see massive changes. (HT File)

DEHRADUN: The BJP lost no time to highlight the concerted efforts at the centre-, the state- and the local-level which it credited for Dehradun bagging the Smart City project on Friday.

The development in the political circle is being interpreted as a shot in the arm for the BJP ahead of the local body polls due early next year and the general elections in 2019.

Dehradun’s proposal was ranked 16th among the 30 cities selected in the third round of the Centre’s flagship project that aims to develop 100 self-sustained townships with well-networked infrastructure and information technology. “This is a historic day for the city…Dehradun’s selection is the result of our (BJP’s) triple engine government and the credit goes to the BJP for putting in extra efforts (to improve the proposal) within a very short time,” Dehradun mayor Vinod Chamoli told Hindustan Times on Friday.

Chamoli accused the erstwhile Congress government of failing to make “extra efforts” in improving the Smart City proposal. The BJP government had taken over Uttarakhand on March 18 after winning 57 of the total 70 assembly constituencies. It submitted the latest proposal to the Union ministry of urban development on March 31.

“This (Doon’s selection) will further cement our (BJP’s) popularity among the people of Uttarakhand and will ensure a smooth victory for us in the upcoming polls,” a senior BJP leader said.

While the BJP seems to be eyeing “bigger goals” , the development has left the state Congress red as the Smart City proposal had failed thrice to get the nod of the Union ministry of urban development,. The Congress alleged that the BJP-led Centre deliberately delayed the selection of Dehradun to suit its political motives.

“They (the Centre) did not accept Dehradun’s proposal earlier due to political motivation (during the Congress rule in Uttarakhand) and doing it raises doubts on their intention,” Congress leader Surendra Kumar said. “It is clear that they delayed it deliberately as they wanted to take credit for Doon’s selection.”

In January last year, the Uttarakhand government’s proposal to build the Smart City on a tea garden land on Doon’s outskirts had failed to make it to the top 20 proposals in the first phase. Later in May, the city’s revised proposal again failed to clear the ‘fast track competition’ among 23 cities under an extended phase of the he first round. The Uttarakhand capital’s proposal failed to get selected for the third time in a row in September.

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 20:33 IST