Ten cities from Maharashtra will compete with 88 others in the country to get priority funding from the Union government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet smart cities initiative.
The ten cities — Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Pune, Nashik, Amravati, Solapur, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Navi Mumbai — will now work on preparing their vision as a smart city to compete for the funding from the Union Ministry of Urban Development.
Cities judged to have the best proposals will get funding this year while others will get the chance to compete again next year.
Manisha Mhaiskar, Secretary, Urban Development, said, “The municipal commissioners, public representatives of the cities and the people will have to prepare their vision based on which the Union government will decide which ones to grant immediate funding to. We have also appointed bureaucrats as mentors for each city to help them in preparing their vision.”
Accordingly, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta will be the mentor for Mumbai, while Nitin Kareer, Principal Secretary, Urban Development, will mentor Pune. Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary Praveen Pardeshi will help Devendra Fadnavis’s hometown Nagpur, while Principal Secretary, Revenue, Manu Kumar Srivastava will mentor Thane. CIDCO Managing Director Sanjay Bhatia will be Navi Mumbai’s mentor, and MMRDA Commissioner U P S Madan will mentor Kalyan-Dombivli.