Central government asks States to focus on early implementation of smart city projects

New Delhi: Central government has asked the States to focus on early implementation of smart city projects that have a visible and transformative impact in the lives of citizens in identified smart cities. Further to review of Smart City Mission by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during PRAGATI on the 30th of last month, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (Housing & Urban Affairs) wrote to the Chief Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories in this regard the next day.

Shri Mishra urged the States and UTs to ensure commencement of work by November this year on 261 impactful smart city projects in 60 cities that were announced during January- September, 2016. These identified projects accounts for an investment of Rs.31,112 cr . States and UTs have also been asked to speed up work on 370 PPP projects that involve an investment of 32,410 cr.

The impactful projects identified range from building 40 outdoor fitness centres in New Delhi Municipal Council area at a cost of Rs.1.31 cr to redevelopment of 340 acre area in Bhopal at a cost of Rs.3,000 cr.

An indicative list of impactful projects being taken up in the first batch of 20 smart cities and some others are:

S.No City Impactful projects Investment

(Rs. cr)

1 Bhubaneswar Railway Station Multi-modal hub  845
2 Pune River Front Development and Heritage City Museum  235
3 Jaipur Talkatora Lake Development with high quality laser show  130
4 Surat Logistic Park and smart redevelopment of existing creek  210
5 Kochi (Kerala) Broadway Market and Ernakulam Market Redevelopment  110
6 Ahmedabad Intermodal Transport Hub and Slum Rehabilitation  961
7 Jabalpur River Front Development and Green development of Institutional Zone  310
8 Visakhapatnam(AP) Beach Redevelopment and Shore Protection  365
9 Solapur (Maharashtra) Rejuvenation of Siddheshwar Lake and Heritage structrues    49
10 Davanagere (Karnataka) Rejuvenation of Mandakki Bhatti  373
11 Indore Infrastructure development and Parking 679  679
12 NDMC Commercial Development of Yahswant Place   89
13 Coimbattore

(Tamil Nadu)

Lake development and Non-Motorised Transport infrastructure  526
14 Kakinada (AP) Space development along canal between Indrapalem Lock and Jagannaickpur Old Bridge and development of eateries  100
15 Belgavi (Karnataka) Kanbargi Lake Rejuvenation and recreational spaces   10
16 Udaipur Area development with water, sewerage and road infrastructure and underground cabling  450
17 Guwahati (Assam) Brahmaputra River Front Development  532
18 Chennai Pedestrian Plaza    83
19 Ludhiana Retrofitting of Sarabha Nagar Market    10
20 Bhopal Redevelopment of 340 acres of area 3000
Lucknow Heritage projects, Cultural Hub and Library   160
Dharmashala (HP) Redevelopment of Kacchari Adda and Kotwali Bazar    95
Chandigarh Affordable housing in Sector 43   321
Faridabad (Haryana) Badkal Lake Rejuvenation     45
Agra Taj Orientation Centre  232
Varanasi Convention Centre  211
Rourkela Brahmani Riverfront Development  129
Raipur Market development 1026


Kalyan Station Improvement   427

Some of the major PPP smart city projects are: Bhubaneswar (Affordable housing-Rs.840 cr), Raipur (Urban Plaza at Ganj Mandi-Rs.983 cr), Bilaspur (Markets development –Rs.1,241 cr), Amritsar (Urban space development –Rs.1,028 cr), Coimbattore (Water supply -557 cr), Warangal, Telangana (Bus stand-Rs.611 cr), Shimla (Tourism and recreation infrastructure- Rs.898 cr), Aligarh (Smart multi-level parking-Rs.289 cr), Bengaluru (Tourism and recreation infrastructure-Rs.234 cr) and Pune (Electrical buses- Rs.170 cr).

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