A gathering of urban development experts from several states and union territories shared their experience in implementation of the three schemes in their respective states.
The Secretary urban development at the Center Durga Shankar Mishra said the objective of the smart city mission is to develop the cities to meet the growing aspirations of the people and develop the cities as ideal towns to provide the basic amenities to the people. He said valuable information’s were received from the mayors and experts of urban development who came here from different states. Urban development experts from Bhuvenshwar, Chennai, Pune, Vadodara, Guwahati and other cities participated in the meeting here on Saturday.
The urban development experts recommended that technology is the key for managing the cities and for this purpose `Integrated command and control center (ICCC) needs to be set up in each city where the three schemes are being implemented. They said the services in the cities like the water and electricity, tracking the city public transport system can be done by installing CCTV cameras. They said besides providing basic civic amentias in urban areas, the redressal of the complaints of the citizens should also be done under single window.
Salil Srivastava from Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh said the municipal authorities have laid the underground network of for telecommunication and electricity supply and underground pipeline for water supply has been laid in the city. He said this has helped in bring down the line losses by and installation of LED lights on 55 km of city streets.
The CEO of Vadodara smart city corporation SK Patel said so far Rs 70 crore have been spent on smart city project and construction of integrated command and control center was started in February 2017 which was inaugurated by the prime minister Narendra Modi in October last year.
A CEO of smart city corporation from Madhya Pradesh said seven cities were selected for the smart city project in his state and integrated command and control center is working in all seven cities. He said so far Madhya Pradesh government has spent Rs 608 crore on the project and all basic amenities can be provided to the city dwellers by using the modern technology.
Manoj Kumar, the principal secretary urban development of UP government said the aim and objective of the three urban development schemes is to provide the quality service to the people and ensure qualitative improvement in the lives of the citizens.
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