Smart Cities Mission is the most ambitious project of the Central government in which, the government has targeted to develop 100 smart cities across the country. about 20 cities have been selected in the first batch of the Smart Cities Mission to set up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) with municipal corporations. Full-time CEOs, CIOs and CFOs have been appointed for this.
After selecting Dharamshala to develop as Smart City under Modi’s ‘Smart City Mission‘ in Himachal Pradesh. The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to develop a 12km passenger unibus skyway system covering Dharamshala and McLeodganj as the existing roads connecting two towns which are congested by the road traffic.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has decided to provide an assistance to developing Dharamshala as a Smart City under India’s flagship 100 Smart Cities Mission. For the development of Dharamshala Smart City, it has released the funds of Rs. 50 lakh. This information was released by the Urban Development Minister of Himachal Pradesh Sudhir Sharma.
The state of Himachal pradesh seems in an intense situation regarding the Dharamshala Smart City. Moreover the crisis has gone more on political ground with the major polical party criticizing over one another.
Recently on the submission of the final proposal of the smart cities, the proposal of the Dharamshala Smart City has been rejected by the union minister and said the Dharamshala Smart City will be cancelled. However there was also news saying that the state has file a case against the action in the supreme court.
According to the news published by the TOI it is said that CPM Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation, who had filed a petition in the high court challenging the inclusion of Dharamshala, on Monday wrote a letter to Union Health Minister J P Nadda and other six MPs from state requesting them to take up the matter with Union Ministry of Urban Development for the inclusion of two cities for Smart City project.
CPM leaders in the letter said that High Court has scrapped Dharamshala from the smart city list and a fresh exercise has been asked to be undertaken for stage 1 of the smart cities owning to large scale fudging of data by one of the towns and further being recommended by the state government.
“0nce again we from Himachal will be forced to nominate just one city according to the points that they generate in 15 categories as mentioned in the guidelines for smart cities. Our request to you and other MPs from Himachal is that you must use your office and ensure that another city is added to the list of smart cities from Himachal, so that instead of one we have two smart cities from the state,” they added as reported by TOI.