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Chandigarh UT adviser Parimal Rai’s meet to finalise Smart City proposal

The meeting was attended by all the top officials of the administration, including home secretary, finance secretary, deputy commissioner and additional deputy commissioner.

Open Hand Monument in Chandigarh. Express photo
Open Hand Monument in Chandigarh. Express photo

UT adviser Parimal Rai held a review meeting for finalising the revised Smart City proposal at UT Secretariat on Monday.

The Chandigarh administration will submit its revised Smart City proposal to the Union ministry of urban development on April 20.

The meeting was attended by all the top officials of the administration, including home secretary, finance secretary, deputy commissioner and additional deputy commissioner.

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During the meeting, all the questions, financing plan and annexures were discussed and finalised. Before the final submission, the administration has uploaded a brief copy of the proposal on mygov.in and sought feedback from the officials on it.

Despite failing to make it to the first 20 cities to be developed as Smart City, Chandigarh figures on the list of 23 cities out of which 20 will be put on fast track. These fast-track cities will get the same funds as the first 20 smart cities and they will have to re-submit their proposals for this purpose by April 15.

A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be formed for implementing the Chandigarh Smart City project. SPV, a public company, will be a joint venture between the Chandigarh administration and the municipal corporation sharing equal equity of 50 per cent each.

The primary role of the SPV will be to plan, appraise, approve, finance, implement, manage, operate, monitor and evaluate smart city solutions, both pan city and area wide.

The pan city proposal aims at improving public life and safety and livability, smart integrated e-governance and intelligent multi-command and control centre. The administration plans to start a portal to access services with a personalised profile-based mobile app, which will act as one stop app and a gateway to enable two-way citizen engagement.

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