Centre Asks States to PPP Based Smart City Projects

The Central Government has asked the States and Union Territories (UT) to focus on early implementation of smart city projects that have a visible and transformative impact on the lives of inhabitants of the identified smart cities. Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (Housing & Urban Affairs) wrote to the Chief Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories in this regard urging them to ensure the commencement of work on 261 impactful smart city projects in 60 cities by November this year. These cities were identified and announced as prospective smart cities in September last year. The identified projects account for an investment of INR 31,112 crores. States and UTs have also been asked to speed up work on a total of 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 INR 1.31 crores to redevelopment of 340 acre area in Bhopal at a cost of INR 3,000 crores.

Some of the major PPP smart city projects are: Bhubaneswar (Affordable Housing – INR 840 crores), Raipur (Urban Plaza at Ganj Mandi – INR 983 crores), Bilaspur (Markets Development – INR 1,241 crores), Amritsar (Urban Space Development – INR 1,028 crores), Coimbattore (Water Supply – INR 557 crores), Warangal, Telangana (Bus Stand – INR 611 crores), Shimla (Tourism and Recreation Infrastructure – INR 898 crores), Aligarh (Smart Multi-Level Parking – INR 289 crores), Bengaluru (Tourism and Recreation Infrastructure – INR 234 crores) and Pune (Electrical Buses – INR 170 crores).

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