Smart city: West Bengal pact with London agency soon

Smart city: West Bengal pact with London agency soon

The Mamata Banerjee government has put the proposed Smart City project on the fast track. The state urban development authorities on Saturday held a meeting with the representatives of 59 urban local bodies that have come up with their self assessment reports.

The state officials will also sign an MoU with a London-based consulting agency, that designs plans for modern urban townships, during chief minister Mamata Banerjee's London visit.

According to a source, several issues were raised during the meeting on Saturday and the reports prepared by the civic bodies will be placed before the state-level high-powered committee, headed by the chief secretary, on July 23. The next day, a meeting will be held by the officials of the Union ministry of urban development in Delhi.

"Bengal can have four smart cities out of these 59 urban local bodies that have a population of one lakh-plus," said an official. The final names will be sent to the Centre by the month end. The four civic bodies will be selected based on the infrastructure, utilization of facilities, the revenues they can earn and locations.

Rajarhat New Town is one of the prime contenders.

According to sources, a state team will meet the officials of the London agency to discuss the Smart City project. The pact they will sign will be a non-binding agreement in which both the partners will help each other.

Source: The Times of India

Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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