The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), ranked second in the contest under the smart city mission a year ago, will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25 to mark the the first anniversary of the launch of smart city mission.
The Union Urban Development Department has decided to hold the first anniversary celebrations of the mission in Pune after assessing the performances of the selected 20 cities on the implementation of the projects.
On June 25 last year, the Union government had launched the smart city mission and released its mission statement and guidelines. It also shortlisted 98 potential smart cities in August last year and through a contest, 20 winners, including Pune and Solapur, were selected as the beneficiaries.
In a communication to the PMC, the Union Urban Development Ministry said it was planning to invite the Prime Minister for the first anniversary of the mission, which is being planned at Pune. “Smart cities have identified some projects which can be completed quickly. It has been planned to start work on these projects on June 25, first anniversary of the smart city mission,” it said.
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There are plans of launching of Make Your City Smart contest, inauguration of smart net portal, release of coffee table book and inauguration of Quick Win projects in Pune, it added.
The union urban development department has asked the state government to make necessary arrangements for organising the event and appoint a nodal officer for the purpose.
According to PMC officers, the civic body would be hosting the event for union urban development ministry and the prime minister’s presence is almost confirmed for the event. “There is also a plan to have live video conferencing connect with all the selected 98 potential smart cities so that the prime minister can communicate with them,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL), around 150 private companies from 35 countries participated in a two-day Knowledge Exchange road show and exhibition for Pune smart city projects. The exhibition was organised at J W Marriot hotel on Senapati Bapat road. There were round-table discussions with consulates of Germany, UK, Singapore, Sweden and Belgium.
There also were sectoral meetings on physical infrastructure for transport, water, river water cleaning, riverfront development, customer care, smart grid with solar and LED, affordable housing, skill development, healthcare, start-up hub and transit hub.