J&K government wants to include both Jammu and Srinagar to develop as smart city

The Jammu & Kashmir government wants to include both Jammu and Srinagar to develop as smart city under ‘Smart Cities Mission’.  The J&K government had already sent the proposal for both cities to the Centre. Even though the state is entitled for funds to develop only one city as smart city, the Union urban development ministry is carfull weighing its options.

According to the centre reports under 100 smart cities mission to develop the cities as smart cities over the next five years, each state I entitled to a specific number of cities for which it would be given funds. The centre has decided Jammu and Kashmir can develop only one city as smart city under the smart cities mission.

A senior ministry official told ET, “it is a sensitive state and we do not want to take a tough stand. We are trying to find a way out of this.

According to sources, Naidu would have two options – seeing the sensitivity of the question either increase the number of smart cities to 101 or give the same money to the state and ask it to develop the two cities by evenly dividing that amount. The official said, “It is a Cabinet decision to give each state a specific number depending on its population. So we cannot really give more money to J&K. But the question needs to be examined.”

The ministry has also asked the state to re-examine the issue and still make a choice between the cities. J&K government has a tough choice as Jammu is its winter capital and Srinagar its summer capital. The official said, “A similar case has been reported from UP, which has to develop 13 smart cities.”

Jammu & Srinagar to be developed as Smart Cities

Jammu and Srinagar will also be a part of the Smart City. The Municipal Corporations have already submitted the proposal of Srinagar and Jammu for developing these two cities as ‘Smart Cities

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday chaired a meeting of the State Level High Power Steering Committee (HPSC) for the implementation of Smart City Mission in the state here in this regard, an official spokesman said.

On 21 june the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the 100 smart cities project for transforming India under Union Government.

The Government has extended Rs 100-crore support each for the 100 select cities and fund will be provided to improve the urban infrastructure and to introduce smart solutions in various walks of urban governance including e-governance and citizen? services, waste, water and energy management and urban mobility.

According to the sources Jammu and Kashmir has the distinction of being the only State in the country having two Capitals – Srinagar and Jammu, both of which fulfill the broad contours of the project, the spokesman said.

On other hand he said the twin cities together not only accommodate more than 50 per cent of the urban population of the State but also absorb huge floating population which visits the State for tourism and pilgrimage.

The State Government shall be sending the proposals to the Union Government shortly for its final approval, he added.