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Experts underline the need for Pune Smart city development corporation limited to complete projects within deadline

Appreciating the innovative schemes of PSCDCL, M Anand, principal counsellor, CII and Indian green building council said that the works undertaken by PSCDCL are better than many other smart cities.

pune Updated: Aug 14, 2018 15:21 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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(From Left) Vijay Sane, principal designer, Solapur smart city; Ramnath Sonawane, ceo, NSSCDCL; M Anand, principal counsellor, CII and Pranjali Deshpande, programme manager, Institute of Transport and Development Policy (ITDP) during the conference on smart,sustainable and liveable cities on Monday. (Shankar Narayan/ HT Photo )

While on one hand, the initiatives of the Pune Smart city development corporation limited (PSCDCL) were hailed in a conference on smart cities organised by confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Monday, the expert panellists were of the view that the speed of the schemes must be expedited.

Appreciating the innovative schemes of PSCDCL, M Anand, principal counsellor, CII and Indian green building council said, “The works undertaken by PSCDCL are better than many other smart cities. However, the speed at which the work is being implemented is slow.”

He added, “Every developmental scheme will have its own obstacles. However, as far as PSCDCL is concerned, an expert committee should be formed which will be dedicated to solving the problems encountered while executing the scheme. This will help the scheme to gather momentum which in turn would lead to the development in the city.”

Pranjali Deshpande, programme manager, Institute of Transport and Development Policy (ITDP) said, “Often good initiatives of the governing institutions cannot be completed on time. The delay happens due to the slow speed of the working bureaucracy. PSCDCL is taking great effort towards making the city one of the most liveable cities in the country, however, their efforts are taking longer than expected time.”

According to Deshpande, the approach of PSCDCL should change and work should be done on war footing once the projects are started.

Responding to the claims of the experts, Manojit Bose, chief knowledge officer, PSCDCL said, “PSCDCL has always been concentrating on faster delivery of the projects that it has undertaken. Having said so, every scheme has its own time frame for completion.”

Bose justified the delay by highlighting the fact that Pune is a brownfield land where the existing development has to be improved further unlike the green field project where projects are done on unused land.

He said, “While we are working on developing this city, there are situations when projects take longer time than decided. However, one must realise that along with the smart city, we should be focusing on creating Pune as a sustainable city as well.”

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 15:21 IST