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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.
The ranking is part of the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2016’ survey, the results of which were announced by the Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
According to the Ministry, 53 cities with a population of above ten lakhs each and 22 capitals that do not have that much population were selected for the survey.
The survey deployed 25 teams of 3 trained surveyors each to visit 42 locations in each city covering major zones like railway stations, bus stations, religious places, major market places, planned and unplanned residential areas including slums and toilet complexes.
A total of 2000 points at the upper end comes from three sources: Service level status data (1,000), independent observation (500) and citizen feedback (500).
Regarding methodology used for Swachh Survekshan-2016, Naidu informed that out of a total of 2000 points, 60% were assigned for solid waste management related parameters, 30% for construction of toilets and 5% each for city level sanitation strategy and behavior change communication.
Naidu said that all the 73 cities were informed sufficiently in advance so as to make available documentary evidence of their efforts towards improving sanitation and for verification by survey teams. Over one lakh citizens responded with feedback on cleanliness in respective cities making the survey of 2016 “thorough, professional, evidence based and participatory.”
Overall, Mysuru in Karnataka remained the cleanest city in the country scoring 1749 points out of 2000, while Dhanbad in Jharkhand came at the bottom with 464 points.
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 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.
Modi’s vision for advanced cities that benefit from the latest technology has finally begun to take shape with the Ministry of Urban Development identifying almost all the locations where they will be built as well as existing cities that are to be remodelled on these lines.
This done, the ministry has asked the 22 states where the programme will be implemented to send detailed project reports so a final blueprint can be outlined.
Describing the scheme, officials of the urban development ministry say they plan to set up seven smart cities each in Gujarat, Kerala, Rajasthan and Karnataka. Modi’s constituency Varanasi, they added, is among the six cities identified in Uttar Pradesh for the smart makeover
Five years A senior ministry official said the government has set 2019 as the deadline to deliver the first three smart cities, all of which will be built as part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).
The DMIC is a project the government aims to build as a ‘global manufacturing and trading hub’. These smart cities are Dholera, Shendra-Bidkin and Global City. Overall, seven smart cities will be set up between Delhi and Mumbai under the DMIC project, which is being built in partnership with the government of Japan. There are at least three more industrial corridors along which new cities are being built: Amritsar- Kolkata, Bangalore-Chennai and Chennai-Visakhapatnam. Besides, states have been asked to identify cities along the Amritsar-Kolkata corridor.