Gurgaon misses Smart City cut yet again

Key projects aimed at addressing issues that are critical to Gurgaon making the Smart City grade are yet to be pursued in earnest

gurgaon Updated: Jun 23, 2017 21:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindsustan Times
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Lack of an effective garbage disposal system has hurt Gurgaon’s bid to feature in the Smart City project.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The city did not feature in the latest list of thirty smart city inductees issued by the Union ministry of urban development (MoUD) on Friday. Had it made the list, the city would have received central funds worth ₹500 crore.

So far, 90 cities have been selected for the Smart City mission. Of the 30 cities added to the list on Friday, Karnal was the only one from Haryana to make the cut.

Gurgaon, though, remains part of 13 cities that will be provided with technical assistance by the Centre in enabling them to put forward a Smart City proposal.

“We remain in the smart city project, as Gurgaon will get technical support from MoUD for attaining a smart city tag. However, we will not receive any funds from the government for the process.” MCG Commissioner V Umashankar said.

According to officials, to meet the smart city criteria, the city needs to be self-sustained in water and power supply, have efficient public transportation and solid waste management systems and top class educational institutions.

In most of the listed criteria, Gurgaon faces a stiff challenge as most of the projects tailored to address shortcomings in these areas remain in a limbo.

The Smart Grid project, aimed at providing 24x7 power supply, is yet to take off. The city’s only waste management plant at Bandhwari has been defunct since 2013.

The foundation stone laying ceremony for the city’s first construction and demolition plant was held only last week.

The city’s transportation network leaves a lot to be desired, as the 11 metro stations only cover areas near the New Delhi border. At arterial roads, cab aggregators and auto-rickshaws plying without meters, are the only means of transport available to commuters.

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The city’s own public bus transport project under which 500 buses are to ply across the city, has been in cold storage for long. The project file has been passed from one civic agency to the next over the last decade or so and there is no word when it is likely to be cleared.

Though Gurgaon boasts top class private schools, it has little to offer in terms of colleges, both public and private. Students are forced to travel to other cities to pursue higher education.

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 21:53 IST