With the Union government asking states to gear up for the second round of selection for the Smart Cities project, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has turned his focus on fixing the problems in his home town Nagpur. In a meeting held on Tuesday night, the CM reviewed the work being done on all parameters that will be evaluated as part of the project.
The winter capital of Maharashtra could not qualify in the first round of the central project as it scored 53 points, while the 20 cities across the country that were selected scored between 58.47 points and 78.83 points.
The Union ministry of urban development will begin the process of scrutinising the second list of Smart Cities from June. It would be declared in the month of August. This gives the state and the civic authorities about one month to plug the problems Nagpur faces.
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A highly placed source in the government told The Indian Express, “The emphasis on Nagpur for the second round stems from the fact that it missed selection by a few points and stands a fair chance to enhance its score.”
Laying emphasis on making Nagpur slum-free, and also discussed issues such as transportation, water, sanitation, health care and unathorised development, Fadnavis said, “It is the government’s endeavour to fast-track all mega-projects which are in various phase of planning and execution.”
“We are trying to ensure that infrastructure development in the city keeps pace with its growth. The work for Nagpur Metro and Nagpur-Mumbai Super Expressway has begun,” he added.
Apart from Nagpur, the government is also planning to push three other cities, including Mumbai, in the second round.