All 12 corporations (Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Thanjavur, Tiruppur, Salem, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Erode, Chennai and Thoothukudi) have submitted their proposals for smart city to the Director of Smart City Mission of the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in New Delhi.
Earlier, MoUD had given the deadline of December 15 to submit their proposals, but the deadline got extended by two weeks due to the recent flood that created havoc in some parts of Tamil Nadu. In fact, the consultants appointed by the respective local bodies personally handed over the proposals, which was approved by the High Power Steering Committee and the Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Development Corporation
The Tiruchi Corporation has chosen Rockfort, Thillai Nagar, Gandhi Market, Thennur, Puthur, N.S.B. Road, Woraiyur, and Ammamandapam Road for retrofitting component. Water supply, sanitation, tourism corridor, heritage protection, and other civic aspects are part of the retrofitting component. Introduction of a bus rapid transit system (BRTS) on a 24-km from Srirangam to Airport via Chathram Bus Stand will be the pan city component.
Out of 100 corporations that have submitted their proposals, the Ministry would select top 20 for implementing the smart city programme in the current year itself. The top 20 cities might be announced on January 26 by the Central Government. The next 20 corporations would be allotted funds from 2016-17 onwards for five years.
Sources say that Tiruchirappalli, Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai are among the front runners to be named in the top 20 list.