According to the latest news, the Union Ministry is all set to announced the competition to identify the next set of 27 cities under Smart City Mission. The competition will be held on Monday next week. This news was released by the Union Minister of Urban Development Vehkkaiah Naidu.
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Senior IAS officer and Additional Chief Secretary to Odisha government R Balakrishnan has been appointed as Chairman of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), the special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up to execute projects for making the state capital a smart city.
“At the first Board meeting held on March 29, Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary to Odisha government R Balakrishnan was appointed as Chairman of the SPV,” an official release said.
Bhubaneswar Development Authority Vice-Chairman Krishan Kumar was appointed Managing Director and R Vineel Krishna, who was earlier Collector and District Magistrate of Orissa’s Malkangiri district, was appointed the CEO of the SPV, it said.
It is said that Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited, the Special Purpose Vehicle will have Authorized Capital of Rs.500 cr, divided in to 5 crore shares of Rs.100 each. Of this, the Government of Odisha and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation will have a share of Rs.112.50 cr each while Bhubaneswar Development Authority will contribute share capital of Rs.250 cr.
As required under the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, the Board of Bhubaneswar Smart Cities commencement of business as April 1,2016.
Ericssion has shown its interest for Digital India and Smart Cities Project.
According to Economic times Ericsson India V-P and head of Engagement Practices Nishant Batra “We are setting up a new unit ‘Industry and Society’ that will focus on Digital India, smart cities, public safety, utilities and transport segments. We are looking for a fifth of our business to come from our Industry and Society vertical by 2020,”
“With the government becoming a significant buyer, there is a massive opportunity for the industry. This is something the telecom sector in India is seeing for the first time. We are seeing a lot of interest in utilities and public safety from different state governments,” Batra said.
“Ericsson is uniquely positioned to bring the right mix of technologies and delivery models to industries. Over 40 per cent of the world’s mobile traffic passed through our network equipment. We have been doing this around the globe and we are leveraging the same in India,” Ericsson Industry and Society Head Orvar Hurtig said.
The Narendra Modi government has planned to set up 100 ‘smart cities’ and Naidu said that the first such city will come up in the national capital.
“Delhi is the heart of India and the first smart city would come up here. The city of Barcelona in Spain has also promised technological support to us in our effort in this direction,” he said.
“I saw the city of Barcelona, and apart from modern buildings, they have also preserved their old architecture. We also want to preserve our traditional architecture, that India is so richly endowed with, even as we embrace modernity,” he added.
The Minister was speaking at a function organised by DDA at its headquarters here to officially kick-start the allotment process of its ‘Housing Scheme 2014’.
Naidu handed over allotment letters to the first few successful applicants.