CHANDIGARH HAS finally made it to the list of smart cities along with 12 others in the second phase of fast-track competition. Chandigarh ranked number 4 while Lucknow ranked number 1 in the list released by the Ministry of Urban Development on Tuesday.
Chandigarh had failed to make it to the list of top 20 smart cities, which led to anger and disappointment among city residents.
In the first phase, Chandigarh will get Rs 200 crore for implementation of the proposals.
Delighted over the achievement, Mayor Arun Sood and Municipal Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha held a press conference. “We and residents of Chandigarh did receive a jolt last time when our name was not there on the smart city list. Now we all are satisfied. Finally we have made it,” said Purushartha.
Attributing the success of the project to the local MP, the entire team gave special credit to the new nodal officer, Municipal Commissioner. The mayor said, “Few years down the line, you will see a different Chandigarh with more facilities for people. Some projects like the revival of Sector 17 will be completed in a few months only.”
Complimenting the new Adviser, the mayor said that that the new adviser kept tabs on the follow-up of the project.
Last year, Chandigarh had got 54 marks and this time, the Municipal Commissioner said, the city scored 70 plus.
Now 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 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-wise.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 6,200 crore, with Rs 250 crore for the pan-city proposal and Rs 5,950 crore for the area-based development.
A total equity of Rs 1,000 crore will be invested by the Municipal Corporation and Administration. MC’s equity will be generated from the grant fund which will be created to receive funds made available by the government of India under the smart city project.
Proposal presented well
LEARNING from mistakes made last time, the Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation made an elaborate proposal which was presented well. The last proposal was prepared in a haste and failed to tell how the proposed works are to be implemented. To make matters worse, the proposal was poorly presented. After receiving a jolt of failing to make it to the first 20 cities, the authorities hired a news agency, which had successfully helped Ludhiana and other cities to get into the list of first 20 cities to be developed as a smart city.
Improvement of plan by 9 per cent
WHILE Lucknow improved the quality of its smart city plan by 19 per cent to make it to the smart city list, Chandigarh improved the quality of plan by 9 per cent. Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra said, “Nothing is going to improve in this smart city. See, even in the second phase, Chandigarh has come on number 4.” However, city BJP chief Sanjay Tandon said, “The hard work of the MP, administration and MC has paid off. I would thank the Union government for this as well.”
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