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.
With these the first India’s 100 smart city mission has now have only 97 cities. The Smart City Mission envisages developing 100 Indian cities into smart cities over the next five years. The 100 cities chosen have been distributed among the states and union territories on the basis of equitable criteria.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao decided against rooting for Hyderabad in the first phase of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, Gandhi’s Rae Bareli got stuck in the Center-state tussle. Telangana had decided to develop Hyderabad into a smart city.
However, in December Rao withdrew the capital city and decided to send an alternate plan in the second round. Gandhi’s turf is a highly political story. Source
Altought there has been a dought about the Hyderbad smart city, Telangana Government wants to built Rs 100 crore Project for the Hyderabad smart city. And it is said that the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has asked for the same to the centre.
It has been reported that the CM has also requested the Centre to replace Hyderabad in the list of smart cities with Karimnagar city, while introducing a ‘Smart Metro” concept with cities like Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. This segment should be allocated Rs 1,000 crore annually.
“The initiative is to be much appreciated. It has addressed a pressing need of the present as well as the future. The chaotic, haphazard and unplanned style of urbanisation that our country has experienced since Independence cannot be allowed to continue and the Smart Cities mission will hopefully create models that can be replicated across the country,” wrote B. Vinod Kumar, TRS Deputy Floor leader in the Lok Sabha to the Prime Minister.
“They are each a mini India, with vibrant and diverse populations and bearing rich and proud traditions. They are the captains of urbanisation movement and given their sheer size and complexity, the challenges they face are of a different order. Therefore, to lump them together with the other cities under the Smart Cities mission is to do them injustice. They have special needs and it is a fact that their budgetary requirements are far larger. Rs 100 crore might make a world of difference to a small town but is simply a blip for a metropolis such as Mumbai and Hyderabad,” Mr Kumar wrote.
There is a doubt that the proposed smart city of Hyderbad is in a doubt. According to the news from a source it is said that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has written to Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu wanting Hyderabad to be replaced by Karimnagar in the “Smart Cities” project and instead the Centre should give additional funds to Hyderabad in tune with its standing as an A-1 city.
According to the source it is also said that in his letter the chief Minister has also said that the deliberations of the high-powered steering committee which noted that a committee headed by economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia had estimated for Hyderabad a requirement of Rs 30,370 crore in core services. This was apart from Rs 1,264 crore per year for operation and maintenance cost.
The resolution which was conveyed to the Ministry of Urban Development by Director of Municipal Administration M. Dana Kishore sought consideration of the State government for inclusion of Karimnagar as a potential Smart City in place of Hyderabad and extend the date of submission of proposal by Karimnagar municipal corporation to January 15.
TRS MP of Karimnagar B. Vinod Kumar also addressed a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi echoing the Chief Minister’s wish that New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad be treated as ‘Smart Metros’ rather than Smart Cities and allotted Rs 1,000 crore each per year to meet their special needs.