New infra projects to turn Leh, Kargil into smart cities

Mon, 2020-11-30 16:49 -- SCC India Staff

Leh & Kargil

The Centre has identified infrastructure projects to turn Leh and Kargil into smart cities. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is working on a proposal from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and has identified key infrastructure projects in major priority areas such as drinking water supply, tourism, sanitation and transport. These priority areas were identified after elaborate consultations with several municipal committees, non-profit organizations, market associations, youth and the common people.

The consultation with stakeholders which began in July identified the priority areas where people want additional faculties in several areas. Among other projects identified during these consultations, a command and control room for coordination of activities such as street lighting, transportation, water supply, garbage disposal and segregation is also in the cards.

The common concerns during all the consultative meetings between the stakeholders were economic development and climate change. Among other projects identified during the meetings include projects for piped drinking water throughout the year especially during the winter season, garbage management, green garbage disposal projects, public areas development, waste-water management, traffic management and parking issues, beautification of Leh and Kargil main market places, development of tourist places, maintenance of heritage, and investing in clean energy projects.

The Union Territory has been given the list of suggestions for deliberation and implementation. The ball is now in the administration’s court over the course of the implementation of the Smart City Mission. The choice is whether to form a special purpose vehicle like all cities to manage the projects or just implement the projects like municipal projects.