The 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 Narendra Modi during PRAGATI on the 30th of last month, 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.
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 crore.
States and UTs have also been asked to speed up work on 370 PPP projects that involve an investment of 32,410 crore.
The impactful projects identified range from building 40 outdoor fitness centres in New Delhi Municipal Council area at a cost of Rs 1.31 crore to redevelopment of 340 acre area in Bhopal at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore.