The State government’s high-power steering committee that met here on Friday decided to form the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with the Chief Secretary as the chairperson for the implementation of the Smart City project in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. The government will appoint a Chief Executive Officer by July 30.
The other members of the SPV are the Corporation Mayor, Local Self Government Department Principal Secretary, Public Works Department Secretary, District Collector, Corporation Secretary, Water Authority Managing Director, Water Resources Department Secretary, Urban Affairs Director and Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority (TRIDA) Secretary.
The SPV will be registered as per the Company Act before July 31. The Corporation will appoint a Company Secretary for this purpose. The first meeting of the SPV will be held in the first week of August.
“The Corporation Secretary will be having the charge of the CEO, until the CEO is appointed. The Secretary will thus coordinate the initial activities, including e-tendering process, for the identification of a consultant,” said an official at the Smart City State Mission.
According to officials at the Smart City State Mission and at the city Corporation, the meeting took the decisions keeping in mind the learnings from the SPV formed for the Smart City project in Kochi Corporation.
Lessons from Kochi
The Corporation officials had expressed the local body’s requirement of members who can dedicate much of their time for the Smart City project, because of a tight deadline. The implementation of the project in Kochi had lagged owing to the non-availability of top officials.
“The general opinion in the meeting was that a top official like the Chief Secretary would be best suited to chair the SPV. We also might not have the issues of non-availability of the officials that Kochi faced as this is the capital city. The government has promised us that a young IAS officer will be made the CEO,” said a Corporation official.
The Corporation also requested for the continuance of its Smart City Cell, which the government has agreed to. The appointment of top officials from various departments in the SPV was aimed at ease of coordination of projects in these departments. The local body will later ask for a member with expertise in Information Technology.
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