“The smart city project began in the city more than one-and-a-half years ago. This was the right time to understand the impact of the initiative on Pune residents,” said Sharad Mahajan of MASHAL, an NGO that works on urban development issues.
With the Centre's directive, the PSCDCL has now urged the state to withdraw the order pertaining to powers to state high power committee to approve the public-private partnership (PPP) projects worth Rs 50 crore and above for the smart city.
The PSCDCL has also decided to start the implementation of project of 100 per cent smart commercial metering in the city and grievance redressal and smart customer services through mobile and web-based apps.
The much-awaited funds for kickstarting the Pune smart city project have been released by the Union government as it intimated the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) of transfer of Rs 194 crore to the state government for the purpose.