With just another 45-odd days remaining for the deadline to submit a comprehensive sustainable Smart Cities Proposal (SCP) under the Smart Cities Challenge, most of the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are working overtime to find out the best solutions for their respective city.
Last week, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had organised a public discussion to announce its plan for the SCP and also take user feedback.
The TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal shared his vision of the city been free of open defecation by March 2017 to 100 per cent solid waste management by October 2018. He also made an appeal to residents to provide suggestions at the drop boxes provided by the Corporation.
Sharing his vision in details, Jaiswal said, that TMC would work towards providing better transport facilities, multi-level parking facility, bicycle on rent, international standard community toilets, online grievance redressal system for road and sewage and wi-fi coverage across the city.
The Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) is proposing to develop a few economic growth centres under the Smart City project.
The MCC commissioner HN Gopalakrishna has made an appeal to large land-owners to come forward and participate in the re-development and greenfield projects for city. He suggested that owners with land holding of more than 25 acres can opt for redevelopment projects while those holding land of more than 100 acres offer opt for Greenfield development projects.
He further explained that the said projects would be developed on a joint venture between the special purpose vehicle (SPV) that would be developing the Smart City, landowners and private developers. Attractive financial models would be developed leading to a win-win situation for the stakeholders such as landowners, private developers, SPV and the end users of the projects, as per a news report in Business Line.
A total of 98 cities are been shortlisted for the Centre's 100 Smart Cities Mission. Based on the SCPs submitted by December 15, 2015, the government will select 20 cities for the first round of funding for this financial year.