After the 100 smart cities project launch the maharashtra government has given orders to all the municipal corporations to submit their smart city master plan blueprint by July 20 end of this month and subsequently submit to the Centre.
PM Narendra Modi has launched 100 smart cities project instead Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and the Centre will fund Rs500 crore, while state has to add more Rs250 crore and remaining Rs250 crore will be contributed by the chosen corporation.
The committee was set up under chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya to select 10 cities with a population of over 100,000 in first phase and prepare a detailed project report.
“Each chosen city will be given Rs1,000 crore in a year; Rs5,000 crore will be given in the next five years and these cities have to use these amount for upgradation of their infrastructure. We have asked all cities to submit their blueprint and vision about their smart city and how they are going to spend the proposed amount. We will scrutinise at our level, and then submit the detailed report to chief secretary,” said Manisha Mhaiskar-Patankar, secretary of the urban development.
She said that once this proposal is selected, then it will be submitted to the Centre “The Centre has full right to select or disqualify any city from the smart city list. They can even disqualify all submitted smart city list if they do not feel confidence on the submitted proposals. So, the corporations need to submit the master plan with a vision. It should be fool proof. If there is loopholes, they may lose the chance of being selected for smart city,” said Mhaiskar-Patankar, adding the corporations need to work meticulously and submit the right plan.
Senior government official said that the central government has given certain criteria. “The urban bodies have to submit the proposal and this has to be in tandem with the Centre-issued criteria. These urban bodies will have to fulfill key prominent benchmarks that includes reforms in the administration, improvement in tax collection, improvement in water supply and under ground drainage systems,” he said.
Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Thane, Jalgaon, Kohlapur, Satara and Shirdi have more chance to get the smart city tag as well as fund.