As per the published news, the Maharashtra government has signed an agreement with Canada to implement a joint action plan on urban infrastructure development in the state.
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) infrastructure major company has signed paper with the Maharashtra government for converting Nagpur into a smart city. Company has completed detailed surveys of the proposed junctions, smart strip and zonal ring for surveillance and wifi deployment under new smart city project. » Read more
The Centre government has announced the name of 27 smart cities from 12 states. The Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that there are 63 cities have participated in the second round competition and finally 27 cities have selected. Of these, 5 cities from Maharashtra, 4-4 from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, 3 from UP, 2-2 from Punjab, Rajasthan, MP and Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland, Orissa, Gujarat nominated 1-1 cities under Smart City Mission. Modi’s Varanasi City has also made its position in this list. » Read more
The state of Maharas has been working very hard for the development of its own local smart cities. In an official statement released it is said that the state government have the plan to create an urban agglomeration called NAINA that will host 22 smart cities.
It was also reported that the state was released in the inaugural function of the first ever BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave. The conclave is the first initiative after India took over the BRICS presidency in February this year and was attended by the representatives from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis “Maharashtra is the most urbanised state in India. This new government under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi looks at urbanisation as an opportunity. We (Maharashtra) are going ahead with our own programme of making 10 smart cities and countries from all across the world are willing to help us in that. The first Indian smart city is launched in Maharashtra and I am sure it would set an example for all other states and cities.”
Stating that his government is focusing on improving solid waste management and Swachh Maharashtra Mission under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Mr Fadnavis said, “The key to bring about sustainable development in urban areas is urban mobility and a single integrated public transport system. Time has come to collaborate, work together, translate and move ahead.”
Terming the process of urbanisation as “inevitable”, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu stressed on the importance of positive correlation between urbanization and development in spite of the challenges of urbanisation.
It was reported that the central government has sanction a sum of Rs 194 crore for Pune smart cities mission. Minister for urban development M Venkaiah asked the 20 selected smart cities, selected in the first round of the Smart Cities contest, to launch their projects by June 25.
“The municipal corporations must not delay formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and ensure the projects planned under the Mission are not kept pending.” Pune was ranked second in the competition, but Naidu has said that rank does not matter.
“What matters is not where a city stands now, but where it likes to go and how it proposes to go, based on a vision drawn from the inherent strengths of a city and backed by a credible action plan,” Naidu had said.
“The investment potential in the urban sector in the next 5-6 years is Rs 18 lakh crore, including Rs 1 lakh crore under AMRUT, Rs 2.50 lakh crore under Smart City Mission and Rs 66,000 crore under Swachh Bharat Mission.
Naidu told mayors from across the country that the Centre would provide Rs 87,147 crore directly to urban local bodies between 2016 and 2020.
In an official news released it is said that the ten municipal corporations in Maharashtra, which submitted smart city proposals to the Centre have unanimously opposed tax increase or the imposition of new taxes to finance various projects.
The 10 cities are Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nashik, Amravati, Solapur, Nashik, Nagpur and Aurangabad.
Also it is said that the MC have proposed to raise necessary funds through increase in floor space index, exploitation of land, etc. They have also signalled they are against the dilution of powers of the general body or the municipal corporation in general and argued the role of private sector should not be bigger.
Besides, the entire plan to be implemented by the civic body and there should not be any equity by the private sector in the special purpose vehicle (SPV).
The Municipal Corporation of Navi Mumbai (NMMC) and European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) signed a MoU to develop Navi Mumbai as a Smart City.