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.

Govt. set Dec Deadline for Smart Cities Plan

Govt. set Dec Deadline for Smart Cities Plan

Govt. has set this month end as the deadline to make a final presentation. According to the news publish in TOI said the deadline is aimed at fast-tracking the scheme so that some work can start by the end of this financial year.

The ministry is staring at surrendering most of the Rs 6,274 crore budget allocated this year for the smart cities programme and a new mission for renewal of urban infrastructure in place of JNNURM. TOI has learnt that so far about Rs 800 crore from this allocation has been utilized under urban transport head and another Rs 200 crore could be used by March.

Since the conceptualization of smart city project and the new mission to replace JNNURM are still under process, there is hardly any scope for the ministry to utilize substantial allocation. “You can’t utilize more than 33% of the unutilized allocation in the last quarter,” a government source said.

West Bengal to develop 6 smart cities

West Bengal to develop 6 smart cities

West Bengal Government is all set to develop six smart cities in the state on the basis of importance of those areas in trade, industry and technical education.

“The projects have been cleared by the state cabinet today,” Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said in Kolkata on Friday after the Cabinet meeting. The six smart cities included airport city developed by the Bengal Aerotropolis Pvt Limited (BAPL) at Andal in Burdwan district, tannery and IT hub at Bantala near here, Durgapur in Burdwan district, Bolpur in Birbhum district, Kalyani in Nadia district and Siliguri in Darjeeling district.

State Cabinet also identified these six cities by six different names, Chatterjee said adding “While the city developed by BAPL at Andal will be known as ‘Golden City’ and the City at Bantala as ‘Sector-VI’, Durgapur will be known as ‘Silver City’, Bolpur as ‘Nobel City’, Kalyani as ‘Knowledge City’ and Siliguri as ‘Sunrise City,” state’s Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said.

In all these smart cities, 25% space will be earmarked for those under Economically Weaker Section (EWS), besides earmarking 40 per cent area as ‘open space’, Hakim said. “Now the government will ask for preparing Detailed Project Report for all these cities. After submission of DPR before the government, we will be able to follow next steps,” the minister said.

India finalises first two smart city

India finalises first two smart city

According to local media reported the government has identified two cities – Dholera in Gujarat and Shendra-Bidkin in Maharashtra – in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, to be the first smart city to be built in march 2015.

The tenders for Shendra will be floated in three months and a water supply project will be among the first to take shape, an association of industries told local press.

The plan is to make Shendra an “eco city” with a focus on sustainable development and high quality of life, media said.

The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor will have a total of 22 smart cities to provide better living conditions to residents employed in the industrial areas.

The government will set up a separate unit to develop infrastructure within the cities, while the central and state governments build transport to connect the cities.

India announced its plan to build 100 smart cities in June. It has allocated US$1.2 billion to this plan in its 2014-2015 Budget announcement.

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