By Accommodation Times Bureau
Officials from the city administration and civic bodies held a meeting on Wednesday to decide on the composition of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which will initiate action on the ground to turn Dehradun into a smart city.
According to the decision taken in the meeting, the body will have members from various civic bodies like nagar nigam, MDDAand the Urban Development Directorate will be the nodal agency for the project.
Talking to TOI, P C Dumka, secretary, MDDA, said, “It has been decided that the Urban Development Department will have the overall responsibility of the project and its secretary will be the nodal officer. According to the norms there should at least be three directors for the SPV, but we have already chosen five members from various civic bodies. Further expansion of the committee will take place under their guidance with consent from the state government.”
The state capital made it to the smart city list after three tries. The new proposal includes retrofitting of 10 wards in an area of 875 acres where water ATMs to dispense water, bio-toilets and energy-saving electric poles will be installed. The wards shortlisted for retrofitting are Karnpur, Bakralwala, Clock Tower, MKP Chowk, Kallika Temple Road, Tilak Road, Khudbuda, Shivaji Road, Dhamawala and Jhanda Colony.
“SPV is the first step in implementation of the smart city project. It will have the power to take decisions related to the project without any delays. It has also been decided that we will have designated project management and development consultants to ensure that the project is successful,” said mayor Vinod Chamoli.
MDDA has also been instructed to finalize a chief executive officer for the SPV at the earliest and it has also been decided that a company be constituted in the name of Smart City Limited in which nagar nigam and MDDA will have equity.