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Is the Government’s decision for selection of smart cities bias

Well we have find many people having the opinion that the government decision for submission of smart cities has discrimination at some point. Taking this into account the government has spoken that there was no discrimination in the selection of the smart cities.

“There is no discrimination in the selection process. The state governments have selected the cities and given their recommendations which the central government has accepted.”

“The first year will have 20 smart cities, the second year 40 and the third also 40. Which will be among the first 20 smart cities, six international and national teams have decided and made the selection through set parameters and given marks accordingly,” Urban Development Minister M Venkaih Naidu told the Rajya Sabha as reported by economicstimes.

Naidu added that in the first stage of the competition, 98 potential smart cities were selected based on recommendations of state governments on objective criteria.

“In stage 2, smart city proposals were evaluated by a panel of experts on the basis of set criteria given in smart cities mission statement and guidelines.”

“The scoring was done impartially and 20 top scoring cities have been selected for funding in the current financial year (2015-16). The smart cities mission and guidelines are the scoring of 97 cities available on the mission’s website,” he said.

Kochi aiming for Special Purpose Vehicle

The union government has asked all the selected 20 smart cities for the first phase of the smart cities mission to form Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). And the Formation of SPV before March 31 is necessary to get funds sanctioned for the project from the Union government.

A report says a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to implement the Smart Cities Mission project in Kochi will be formed in 10 days. A Government Order on setting up the SPV was issued on Friday. An IAS officer would be soon appointed as full-time chief executive officer of the SPV.

It is said that about 15.2 millions people has involved in planning India’s smart cities. And the statement was said to be released by Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu.

All the smart cities will have solar, LEDs and rainwater harvesting. All these will be made mandatory,” he said. The use of information communications technology (ICT) would also be compulsory for all the smart cities and that would enable better, integrated governance, Naidu said.

“We hope to form the SPV by March 16. The process of registering the SPV under the Companies Act, 2013, will be done in 10 days,” A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, Secretary, Local Self- Government Department and Mission Director reports the Hindu.

“We expect to receive the first instalment of support of Rs. 200 crore from the Government of India in April along with a matching share from the State government and the urban local body. Once it’s received, work on preparing the detailed project reports by engaging various consultants can be completed before June. The project can then take-off as planned by June 25,” he said. the report further said.

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