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U’khand to set up special body for executing Doon Smart City plan

Following Dehradun’s selection in the Smart City project, the Uttarakhand government is now working to put in place a special purpose vehicle, a separate body that will look after the project’s implementation

dehradun Updated: Jul 05, 2017 19:50 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
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A view of Dehradun, which has been selected for the Centre's Smart City project. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Following Dehradun’s selection in the Smart City project, the Uttarakhand government is now working to put in place a special purpose vehicle (SPV), a separate body that will look after the project’s implementation.

On Wednesday, chief secretary S Ramaswamy chaired a high-powered committee meeting to discuss future course of action in the Smart City project and formation of the SPV.

Dehradun mayor Vinod Chamoli said the SPV will first have to be registered “within a week’s time” after which the process of constituting it will begin.

The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) and the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) will play a joint role in its functioning, he said.

“An Indian Administrative Service official will be appointed as the chief executive officer of the SPV to lead the project. The official will not be removed from his position for a period of a minimum three years to ensure consistency in the project,” Chamoli told Hindustan Times on Wednesday.

A board of directors has also been finalised which will be chaired by the commissioner of Garhwal (one of the two administrative divisions of Uttarakhand) and will have Dehradun municipal commissioner, MDDA vice chairperson, director and additional secretary of urban development department as members, Chamoli said.

During his visit to Dehradun on June 29, union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu asked the state government to “act swiftly in establishing the SPV and initiate action to convert citizens’ dream into real projects on ground expeditiously”.

On June 23, Dehradun joined the group of nationwide cities selected through a competitive process to be developed as a Smart City under the Centre’s flagship project. The city’s proposal had failed to enter the Smart City lift in the past three attempts.

The project will focus on making Dehradun a congestion-and slum-free city besides developing it as a sustainable, green city with a special focus on restoration of the area’s heritage buildings.

For the project, the Centre will provide a sum of ₹500 crore to the Uttarakhand government, while the state government will contribute a matching amount.