Ghaziabad fails a fourth time to make smart city list
The city, which had competed in the Smart City race the fourth time, failed to figure in the list of nine smart cities released by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs on Friday. The list included three cities from Uttar Pradesh—Bareilly, Moradabad and Saharanpur.
“We have come to know that the name of one city is still on hold. We are hopeful that it would be Ghaziabad. This was the fourth time we have competed in the Smart City challenge. If the city fails to find a place this time, we may not be able to compete further,” municipal commissioner CP Singh said.
According to officials of the Ghaziabad municipal corporation, this time they had submitted a Smart City proposal of nearly ₹2,240 crore. In its latest Smart City Proposal (SCP), the officials had submitted a layout of ₹1,615 crore for area-based development, and another ₹625 crore under the pan-area development plan.
The officials were asked to suggest ways in the SCP to improve the conditions of industries apart from suggestion of new activities, such as incubation centres. They were also asked to explain smart mobility, which includes revamping parking lots, amusement parks, affordable housing and new multi-modal parking facilities.
According to officials, they had made qualitative and quantitative additions to the SCP laying stress on solid waste management, pollution control measures, like deploying electric buses, increased usage of solar energy and developing more green belts. The SCP had also detailed certain spaces near Metro stations for pedestrian pathways and for use of electric vehicles. The SCP had also laid stress on housing for all and start-ups.
Under the area-based development plan, the officials this time chose areas near Sahibabad vegetable market, Vasundhara and Sahibabad Site IV Industrial area.
Ghaziabad’s SCP also included features such as intelligent traffic management system and use of surveillance cameras, footpaths, cycle tracks and provisions of e-bicycles.
The state government had recommended names of Bareilly, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Rampur and Ghaziabad to be developed as smart cities.