Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Union Minister of Urban Development have asked the representatives of USTDA (US Trade and Development Agency), the agency providing the funding and Smart Cities Council India, the evaluating body, to expedite the process of the grant while they have directed the consortium contracted to prepare the master plan namely AECOM, KPMG and IBM to come out with an attractive city plan within 15 months, as against the time-line of 18 months requested by them.
CM Chandrababu Naidu wants the consortium to submit a preliminary smart city plan before the year end. Despite the funding availability with USTDA, the contractors and the AP administration could not get the terms of their contract signed off leading to a delay.
Chandrababu Naidu along with Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu met the consortium representatives and discussed the smart city plan on Tuesday at Visakhapatnam (Vizag).
Now this master plan would harmoniously work with the smart city proposal (SCP) which is also being prepared by AECOM. As the SCP would have to be submitted by mid-December, the timing for submission of a concept plan would be possible and would be in consonance with the integrated master plan.
Naidu added that the master plan for the proposed state capital, Amaravati, was prepared by the Singapore government within just seven months.
The USTDA, after approval by technical expert agency Smart Cities Council India, would release funds and help with the requirement permissions for speedy completion of the smart city plan for the Port city.
Venkaiah Naidu suggested that the smart city plan should be prepared keeping in view the topography and the local needs of the city. He said the consortium should also involve the people's representatives while preparing the plan.
Other than the consortium representatives, Municipal minister P Narayana, medical and health minister Kamineni Srinivas, and panchayat raj minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu and others were present at the meet.