Real Estate News
September 21, 2016
Five cities from Maharashtra have made it to the list of 27 smart cities announced on September 20.
Manisha Mhaiskar, principal secretary, urban development (UD) II, said the state government has selected ten cities to compete for the Centre's Smart City Project. In the first round, held this January, Pune and Solapur were selected. In the second, whose results were announced on September 20, five cities, including Aurangabad, Kalyan-Dombivli, Nagpur, Nashik and Thane, were selected.
Mhaiskar said, "Maharashtra is the only state where seven cities have been selected for this project. The state government had announced that while the cities will compete for central funding, the state will fund their projects through MMRDA and Cidco till they are selected by the Centre."
Mhaiskar further said in the current budget, the state government has made a provision of Rs1,000 crore for the project. While the Centre will provide Rs 100 crore per year for five years, the state government is required to provide Rs 50 crore and the urban local body another Rs 50 crore annually.
The areas proposed for smart city development by municipal bodies would have facilities such as assured water, power supply, proper sanitation and solid waste management systems, efficient urban mobility, public transportation, IT connectivity and e-governance.
The selected cities have already formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) mandatory for receiving funding. Thane is yet to form an SPV, though, while Nagpur's proposal is in the final stages.
Both the Navi Mumbai and Mumbai municipal bodies passed a resolution refusing to form the SPV. "This is possibly area son why the two cities have not been selected. We shall once again ask these cities if they wish to form an SPV," she said.
For the project, Thane, for instance, will take up work for a new station at Kopri, grade separators at Teen Haath Naka, SATIS at Thane East, water metering, strengthening the water supply and sewage disposal, to name a few, over the next five years. The projects will collectively cost around Rs 5,400 crore. KDMC mayor Rajendra Devlekar, at a press conference to announce inclusion of Kalyan-Dombivli, said, "We have already made a proposal of Rs 2,032 crore." Pramod Kulkarni, project in-charge, KDMC, added, "We will develop the entire Kalyan station, roads, water distribution, sanitation, closure of Adharwadi dumping ground, development of a 24km waterfront and other works."
With the release of this fresh list, the total number of cities selected in the country so far stands at 60. "Competition-based selection has made the cities rediscover themselves as they are undertaking a thorough assessment of gaps in the present levels of infrastructure and service delivery and come out with comprehensive, credible and actionable plans for area-based development and technology-based pan-city solutions," said urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu. Naidu added total investment of Rs 1.45 lakh crore has been proposed for 60 cities. The process for selecting the remaining 40 will start in January.
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