In the latest smart city rankings announced by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Nagpur has slid from being No. 1 to to No. 28 with 46.35 points. Ahmedabad was first with 81.37 points and Agra scored 78.22 points to secure the second position.
In March, Nagpur was in the first position followed by Ahmedabad. The rankings were based on various parameters including expenditure, project implementation and performance of civic bodies. Recently, Nagpur city failed to figure in MoHUA’s Garbage Free City ratings.
Nagpur is implementing several projects under Smart City mission. It is working on tenderSURE project and Home Sweet Home project. The Nagpur Smart City had proposed development of a modern market in area-based development areas on 1,730 acres land in Pardi, Bharatwada and Punapur in East Nagpur.
Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe was not available for his comments. A senior official from Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation (NSSDCL) said earlier the ranking was based on 80 per cent finance and 20 per cent work on ground in ADB area.
“Land for housing project was not procured still work order for Rs 220 crore was issued. tenderSure project too was a gimmick as without land in possession, NSSDCL issued work order for Rs 650 crore,” said a source. Because ofthat Nagpur city managed to be in either first or second positions.
“MoHUA also changed evaluation criteria and now the ranking is based on actual work. As there was almost negligible work being implemented, NMC’s ranking slipped,” admitted the official. Citing an example, the official said of the 52 km of roads to be developed in ABD area, work on only 12 km has been started.