NEW DELHI: Gaurav Mishra returned to his home city Raipur after spending over six years working for top corporates in Singapore, to take up the job of chief operating officer (COO) for the Smart City project. Though the pay package doesn't match what he would have earned in Singapore, he returned "to seize the best opportunity to change the landscape of hisown town".
Swayan Chaudhury, an urban economist, public policy specialist and administrator with more than 15 years' experience including in the World Bank at Washington DC took charge of the Panaji Smart City project as its managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) to be a part of the "country's growth story" and to contribute to development. Swayan heads both the Smart City and AMRUT missions of central government to improve life in urban areas.
Down south, Raj Cherubal has taken over as the CEO of the Smart City project in Chennai after his long stint as director (projects) for Chennai City Connect, a platform for industry associations and civic organisations, which works for cities that deliver world-class quality of life, infrastructure and services for all its citizens. These are some of the examples of how the ambitious Smart City mission of the Modi government has attracted talent to implement the mammoth task. More people from private sector are joining the entities set up by states to implement the projects. "There is a huge change in the work culture. You feel like working in a corporate office, from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm," said one of the private CEOs.
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