Nine councillors, other than the Congress, stayed from the event organised by the municipal corporation to telecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme on Saturday.
The Congress had already announced to boycott the event.
Three BJP councillors, three nominated councillors, two from BSP and an independent skipped the event. All of them cited personal reasons for not being able to attend the event.
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The Prime Minister inaugurated 14 projects under Smart City in Pune, before addressing the country about the AMRUT scheme.
Sood said AMRUT is a flagship programme of the Union government to support the state governments for creating infrastructure in cities as well as improving governance through urban reforms.
The main thrust areas of the mission are augmentation and rehabilitation of water supply system, sewerage, storm water drainage, urban transport and development of green parks.
The key function of AMRUT is to identify the gaps in infrastructure based on which state level improvement plans (SLIPs) and state annual action plan (SAAP) are to be submitted to the MoUD for approval to bridge the gaps as per prescribed benchmarks.
The SAAP for Chandigarh was approved by the APEX committee for Rs 349 crore for 2015-19, under which Rs 33.04 crore has already been sanctioned to the municipal corporation by MoUD for 2015-17.
Also, to enhance the functional knowledge and improve job skills, the municipal corporation has signed MOU with the following three empanelled training entities of MoUD to impart training to all its elected representatives and employees.
The three training entities are Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, Lucknow, MCR Human Resource Development Institute and Engineering Staff College of India, both in Hyderabad.
Also, to cut down the expenditure on electricity and make the system energy efficient, the civic body has floated a Request for Proposal to get energy audit done for all electrical consuming machinery/ street lights under its jurisdiction.