Smart City Mission is setting a new benchmark: Puri

By Accommodation Times Bureau


Housing Minister Hardeep Puri in a two days Smart City CEOs conference said Smart City Mission (SCM) is setting a new benchmark in terms of project implementation.

“The value of projects under implementation in August 2017 was about Rs. 8,000 crore which after eight months has increased to more than Rs. 30,000 crore involving 936 projects,” He said.

Further, about 400 projects costing Rs. 20,000 crore are in the tender stage, which would be settled over a next 2-3 months.

He said that 98 projects costing Rs. 6000 crore are under implementation with Public Private Partnership which are getting good responses not only in the big cities but even in the smaller towns.

In the last eight months 26 more SPVs were established, taking the total SPVs to 91 and the total number of PMCs to 67, Minister said.

Regarding the Smart City centres, he informed that while 9 have become operational including in Bhopal, work is in progress to develop Smart City Centers in another 14 cities and tenders have been issued in 32 more cities.

Puri and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh were addressing the event and CM said that the nation is undergoing a positive transformation under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and Madhya Pradesh has embarked on an accelerated growth path in all sectors.

Appreciating the work done by the state UD ministry in enabling a transformative change in the cities of MP from Swachhta to Smart city missions, he assured that in next two months Integrated Command and Control Centres in all the 7 smart cities in Madhya Pradesh would be established. The Integrated Control and Command Center of Bhopal Smart City in Govindpura was also inaugurated today making it the 9th Smart city centre to be operational in the country.

The two days exhibition will showcase the different projects being undertaken by Cities under Smart Cities Mission was also inaugurated. The conference will have panel discussions under Smart Cities Mission across key thematic areas viz.,

(i) Development of Walkable Streets

(ii) Creation of Universally Accessible Public Spaces

(iii) Digitally Integrated Smart City Centers

(iv) Creating Vibrant Urban Spaces such as Squares, Plazas and Waterfront Developments under Area Based Development

(v) Addressing Women Safety in Smart Cities

(vi) Promotion of Arts Crafts and Culture in Smart Cities

(vii) Smart Education and Skill Development

(viii) Inclusive Cities

(ix) Bonds and PPPs for financing urban infrastructure

As part of these panel discussions, Smart City CEOs implementing projects under above thematic areas will share their experiences through presentations and short videos.



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