Manipur Government Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IL&FS Township and Urban Assets Limited and Pricewaterhouse Coopers Pvt. Ltd. as a project management consultant for implementation of smart city project in Imphal at Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The company will design, develop, manage and implement smart city projects under Smart City Mission in Imphal which is expected to be completed within three years.
The MoU was inked in the presence of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, health and family welfare minister L. Jayantakumar, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu and Secretary (Revenue) T. Ranjit. The state government was represented by municipal administration, housing and urban development (MAHUD) department director Th. Harikumar and the private company by its Head-Urban Project (East and North-East) Chandana Roychowdhury.
Singh said that it has always been a dream of every people to have a Smart City in the State. The project management consultant which was selected through a transparent e-tender had assured to take around six months to prepare a Detail Project Report (DPR) of the project which is worth around Rs. 1523 crore, he said.
The government, however, had requested the company to complete the DPR a bit earlier citing the fact that Manipur has long been neglected, said N. Biren Singh. Asserting that the signing of the MoU would pave way for opening a new chapter in urban development in the state, Singh said that the project would include key infrastructure developments like sewerage system, Nambul and Imphal river rejuvenation, development of Kangla, transport service, pollution control and other beautification activities etc.