Ghaziabad could become one of India's 100 smart cities. It has been included in the initial list of 13 cities of UP, shortlisted for development under the smart city scheme of the Centre. This list was finalized in a meeting, chaired by UP chief secretary Alok Ranjan, in Lucknow on Wednesday. However, the final list will be compiled on Friday.
A team of officials from Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation, led by municipal commissioner Abdul Samad, made a brief presentation about the developmental aspects of the city during the meeting. Officials said that Ghaziabad has crossed the first hurdle towards getting developed as a smart city after it got included in the initial list compiled by the state government.
Samad told TOI on Thursday that Ghaziabad scored 82 points in an assessment conducted over 20 different developmental parameters.
"All municipal bodies across the state made presentations in the meeting. Ghaziabad scored 82 points in the assessment that was made upon different parameters about basic infrastructure in the city. The list has been sent to the central government. Subsequently, a detailed report will be compiled highlighting the proposal to develop the city as a smart city," Samad told TOI.
He added, "Proposals will also be received from several other civic bodies across the country. The cities that will be developed under the smart city scheme will be shortlisted after comparative analysis of all proposals received from civic bodies across the country."
In fact, Ghaziabad is among the eight cities of western UP that has found place in the list. Its inclusion in the list is being termed as a very positive development particularly because it is expected to boost basic infrastructure with the inflow of funds.
"We are fortunate that seven cities of western UP that are nominated for smart city project Ghaziabad being one of them. We feel that the authority has been working tirelessly for months to meet the standards set for smart city. The city has been walking the smart line for quite some time as we have been witnessing smart governance (paper free work), smart policing through installation of cameras and LEDs to beam live information of traffic etc," Deepak Kapoor, president of CREDAI (western UP), said.
He added, "We expect that in the coming months, developers will also come up with projects that will adhere to the future plans for the city. We are noticing that developers in the city are now talking about waste management, green initiatives, wi-fi environment and energy efficient buildings that also play a part in making a city smart."
Source: The Times of India
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12 December 2017