PANAJI: For the third year in a row, Panaji was conferred with a national award for undertaking urban municipal reforms under the Centre’s flagship smart citymission. Union minister of state with independent charge in the ministry of housing and urban affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, on Friday presented Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd(IPSCDL) with the national award on the first day of the two-day national workshop organised at Lucknow.
Along with the award, Panaji has received a grant of Rs 90 lakh that can be utilised for any development work in the city. “Panaji scored well for implementing reforms such as publication of annual financial reports online, establishing urban development authorities and for creating one public park or open space every year,” Imaging Panaji CEO, Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri, said.
Till date, the Centre has cumulatively awarded Panaji Rs 3.7 crore for undertaking several reforms. “Everything is now based on the ability to compete and implement smart city projects,” Chaudhuri said, even as he disclosed that Goa’s failure to set up the online building plan approval system had weighed down Panaji’s score on the smart city reforms ranking.
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