In a major boost to the Chandigarh city, the South Korean government has expressed its willingness to provide technology as well as finances to build the first-of-its-kind 'Smart city' at New Chandigarh.
The Ministry of Urban Development released Rs 200 crore for each of the 98 cities which have recently been nominated under the ‘Smart Cities’ Mission. Releasing the release order for the funds in the presence of Mayors, Municipal Commissioners and other ULBs, Minister Venkaiah Naidu urged,' Use this money to create your city development plans and use this wisely. City leaders will have to be proactive and create an atmosphere of confidence among the citizens that their city is indeed set for a renewal. The path is difficult and therefore we need the ULB leaders to be dynamic.'
For Smart Cities project, the nodal agencies like the Town and Country Planning Department, Urban Development Authority, etc will appoint a consultant from the empaneled list for assisting in preparation of a detailed project report (DPR). The consultant will assess the quantum of work as per the draft request for proposal (RFP) and draw up proposal for the DPR.
After the Assam government nominated Shillong for the Centre’s ambitious ‘100 Smart Cities’ project, there has been more skepticism rather than optimism on the ‘Smart City’ project among the people of Shillong, according to a local newspaper.
The Jammu & Kashmir state government is likely to recommend, both, Jammu and Srinagar cities for inclusion in the Central list of ‘100 Smart Cities’. As per the original draft prepared by the Centre the state is eligible to nominate only one city.
Official figures pegged the number of newly constructed toilets in urban India at 4.35 lakh, since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in October last year.
Apart from 4,35,805 toilets constructed in urban areas till July this year, 22,419 toilet seats were made available and the number of municipal wards reporting 100 per cent door-to-door collection of municipal solid waste was also increasing.
Garbage menace has been found to be the topmost problem on the minds of voters in Bengaluru, as the city's garbage is still dumped at various new landfills that have cropped up after closure of the old Mandur and Mavallipura landfills, leading to strong protests.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation Mayor Pravin Datke has called on the city to aspire to achieve smart city status despite any hurdles and expressed confidence in the task going ahead as planned.
In a surprising development, India’s cleanest city Mysuru, was ousted from the list of cities notified under the first phase of the Centre's ambitious Smart City programme despite being short-listed for it, on ‘technical grounds’.
Kozhikode Corporation said that installation of CCTV cameras within the city limits will commence within a month, adding that they will be identifying spots with the help of health inspectors in the 21 health circles and the public.