Gurgaon to be considered for Smart City project, assures Union minister
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri also lauded the Khattar government for taking steps under the Centre’s schemes for urban developmentUpdated: Feb 03, 2018 23:09 IST
The Union minister of state for housing and urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, on Saturday gave an assurance that Gurgaon would be considered for inclusion in the Smart City Mission and an apex body would be constituted for this purpose.
Puri gave the assurance while responding to the specific request made by the chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to include Gurgaon in the Smart City Mission for which Central technical assistance is required whereas financial implications would be looked after by the state government.
Khattar made the request while speaking at a review meeting of various flagship missions of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs held under the chairmanship of Puri on Saturday in Chandigarh. These flagship missions include AMRUT, Smart City Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
While lauding the steps taken by Haryana under various Central flagship missions for urban development, Puri asked the Chief Minister to conduct credit rating of cities in Haryana. Khattar said it was being done along with credit rating of villages.
In addition, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), had in April 2017, also floated a Request For Proposal (RFP) on its official website www.mcg.gov.in for soliciting consultant services to help Gurgaon in its bid to earn the Smart City tag.
The Smart Cities mission is an ambitious programme launched by the Centre in a bid to develop cities in a manner as to make them citizen-friendly and sustainable.
A city declared Smart City is allotted ₹100 crore annually by the Centre over a period of five years.
In May, 2016, Gurgaon had missed the list of smart cities while neighbouring Faridabad had been selected.
Several reasons including frequent power outages, shortage of water supply, traffic crisis, poor public transport, inadequate drainage and waste disposal system are blamed for the city not making the Smart City shortlist.
Principal secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department, Anand Mohan Sharan, said that streetlights in 80 cities were being replaced with LED lights. The work of replacing street lights with LED lights has started in Gurgaon and this task would be finalised in other cities as well by February 15, 2018, he said.