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.

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According to the guidelines in the first phase, Centre will pick 20 cities and in the next two years 40 cities each will be selected for receiving central funding of Rs 500 crore spread over the next five years. So, eventually all the cities and municipal areas nominated for this scheme will be developed as smart cities.

Ministry officials said that the criteria for evaluating every municipal area was discussed and finalized after consultation with states. Officials added since the project can be successful only when states provide full support, the Centre will approve all names sent by them.

Sources said the cities that could not complete project under the JNNURM scheme even after several extensions seem to be losing in the race as it reflected how inefficient their local bodies were in project implementation.

According to the guidelines of the scheme, the objective is to promote cities which provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of “smart” solutions. “The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities,” it says.

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