Ghaziabad’s race to the top (city proposes Rs 2,241 cr for Smart Cities Mission)

Thu, 2017-12-21 16:28 -- SCC India Staff

Gaziyabad

Being one of the oldest and largest cities in the State of Uttar Pradesh, Ghaziabad is also a developed city. However, the city is currently competing for the fifth round after losing the first four rounds of the Smart Cities Mission. A total of 16 cities from India vying for the top 10 slots. For this, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation has submitted a Smart City proposal of Rs 2,241 crore to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Ghaziabad has corrected nine objections raised by the Ministry in the proposal. The total amount will be spent on two components of the plan — area-based development and pan-city solutions.

The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has given special emphasis on last-mile connectivity for the existing and upcoming metro corridor.

According to Sanjay Chauhan, Executive Engineer, GDA, “The region earmarked for area-based development in the city has been finalised at 1,056.5 acres. This roughly corresponds to the region located between Vaishali metro station and the CISF Road in Indirapuram. Infrastructure work including roads, 24X7 water supply, streetscaping, canal rejuvenation and landscaping will be undertaken in this area. Special projects including local transport and underground cabling of overhead electricity wires are also part of infrastructure development to be undertaken in the area.”

Even, battery-powered shuttle mini-buses have been included in the plan. Projects for decentralised solid waste management and local organic waste processing have also been included.