The Union government has asked the states to focus on the early implementation of public-private partnership (PPP) based smart city projects.
The Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra has urged chief secretaries of all the states and union territories to ensure commencement of work on 261 smart city projects in 60 cities by November 2017.
Mishra stated in a letter that the smart city projects will have a visible and transformative impact in the lives of citizens.
• The smart city projects were announced between January and September 2016 for an investment of more than Rs 31000 Cr.
• The states and UTs have been asked to speed up work on 370 PPP projects that involve an investment of more than Rs 32400 Cr.
• The identified projects range from building 40 outdoor fitness centres in New Delhi Municipal Council area at a cost of Rs 1.31 Cr to the redevelopment of 340-acre area in Bhopal at a cost of Rs 3000 Cr.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a review of the Smart Cities mission, emphasised on early implementation of the smart city projects. He said that the challenge before everyone is now to ensure implementation and expeditious completion of the work in the 90 identified cities with high quality.