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Taking fresh guard- Mission far from over: Chandigarh to get central funds for smart city push

SPV to be formed, UT administration & civic body will have equal share of 50 per cent.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: January 30, 2016 4:15:45 am

DESPITE FAILING to make it to the first list of 20 cities to be developed as smart cities, Chandigarh will get funds from the Centre for the mission for which they will have to resubmit proposal.

This was announced by cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha, who interacted with all the participating states and UTs via video conferencing Friday.

In the list announced Thursday, Chandigarh was ranked at 24th spot with 54.73 per cent marks. Bhubaneswar, which topped the list, secured impressive 78.83 per cent marks. The evaluation criteria accorded a weightage of 30 out of a total 100 marks for implementation framework including feasibility and cost effectiveness, 20 for result orientation, 16 for citizen consultation, 10 for smart solutions, 10 for adoption of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT ) analysis and five each for city vision and quality of city profiling including identification of key performance indicators (KPIs), potential for improvement of city and four per cent for processes followed.

UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal said the Centre would provide Rs 200 crore in the first year to each selected city and Rs 100 crore every subsequent year.
Chandigarh will have to submit a revised proposal to the ministry of urban development (MoUD) by April 15. Chandigarh will receive first installment of grants in April.

For implementation of smart city project, Chandigarh will have to formulate a special purpose vehicle (SPV) in which Chandigarh administration and municipal corporation will have equal equity of 50 per cent each.

The Chandigarh administration will require Rs 1,500 crore for execution of the project, of which it will get Rs 500 crore from the Centre. The administration will have to generate Rs 500 crore on its own while Rs 500 crore will be generated through public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

Agarwal said the administration intended to raise funds by auctioning commercial sites in Sector 17 and Vikas Marg. He further said that they will take assistance from the French government for restructuring their proposal. The Chandigarh administration on January 24 had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with France for development of smart city.

The proposal submitted by administration emphasised on making Chandigarh a safe city, to improve transportation, E-governance and integrated traffic management for improving traffic problems of the city. Wi-fi hot spots at public places, surveillance cameras, intelligent traffic system, use of IT for safety of residents and rejuvenation of Sector 17, 22, 35 and 43 were some of the key elements in the proposal prepared by the Chandigarh administration for smart city.

Chandigarh had received Rs 2 crore from the Centre to prepare its plan along with technical agencies and other organisations.

During the meeting with the cabinet secretary, commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Baldeo Purushartha appraised the cabinet secretary about the disappointment among the public after failing to make it to first 20 cities.

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