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Major smart city projects in Chandigarh delayed by at least 5 months

A smart city is an urban region that is highly advance in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability.

punjab Updated: Oct 25, 2017 16:25 IST
Hillary Victor 
Even for projects for which UT administrator VP Singh Badnore himself laid the foundation stone — the Urban Park in Sector 17, the Underpass connecting Sector 17 and Rose Garden — construction is yet to start.
Even for projects for which UT administrator VP Singh Badnore himself laid the foundation stone — the Urban Park in Sector 17, the Underpass connecting Sector 17 and Rose Garden — construction is yet to start.(HT File )

Even though UT heritage and conservation committee approved projects under the smart city five months ago and work was to start from this month, the start of work has been delayed by at least five months.

A smart city is an urban region that is highly advance in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability. It is the city where information technology is the principal infrastructure and basis for providing essential services to residents.

Even for projects for which UT administrator VP Singh Badnore himself laid the foundation stone — the Urban Park in Sector 17, the Underpass connecting Sector 17 and Rose Garden — construction is yet to start. The UT administration is yet to finalise drawings for the makeover of Sector 17, Plaza.

Permission for axing trees in only now

A senior officer from UT engineering department said, as far as the underpass and urban park is concerned, the permission for axing of trees has come only now. Twenty-three tress will be axed for the development of urban park and 27 trees for the underpass. After the trees are cut, it will take another three months before work will start, he said.

UT home secretary Anurag Aggarwal said he would direct the UT engineering department to expedite work.

What is smart city initiative

As part of the Smart City initiative, the administration has scripted a five-year plan to rejuvenate the city centre. The plan envisages building an urban park behind Neelam theatre at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Besides food courts and room for seating, it will have pro-biking and skateboarding events, and public screening of sports events on large screens. Concerts will also be organised here. As of now, the football stadium and the area around it covers nine acres; for this project, the area taken will be 12 acres.

Most of the works will be in the public–private partnership (PPP) mode and the rest will be funded by the central government and the UT administration. The Centre has already released a grant of Rs 200 crore and UT administration is releasing a matching grant of Rs 100 crore under the smart city project.