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Published on: Feb. 23, 2022, 12:10 p.m.
On ‘smart’ course
  • Integrated traffic control system at Ahmedabad

By Business India Editorial

Gujarat is well on course to complete all its smart city projects in the selected six cities in the state before the deadline of June 2023, it is reported.

Gujarat has completed nearly 62 per cent of the 337 projects planned under the National Smart Cities Mission (NSCM) so far, spending less than 35 per cent of the Rs16,500 crore approved for the urban development programme, said a senior official of the state urban development department.

“Six cities – Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Gandhinagar and Dahod – were selected under the NSCM out of a total of 100 cities across the country. Of the 337 projects planned for these six cities, 209 were completed by the end of 2021.

And 115 projects are at work order stage and tendering process for the remaining 13 has started,” said the official.

The NSCM was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June, 2015.  A total of Rs98,000 crore ($13 billion) was approved by the Union government for the development of 100 smart cities across the country. The cities were selected on the basis of a country-wide Smart Cities Challenge.

Most of the projects to make these cities ‘smart’ are in information and communication technology (ICT) and water infrastructure. The ICT projects include those for intelligent transit management system and automatic fare collection system, optical fibres communication network, command and control centres, new generation citizen grievance redressal system with support for social media, man-less parking system and automatic ticket dispensing machines, smart lights, common city payment card system, integrated traffic control system & area surveillance network, heritage mobile app, etc.

The water infrastructure projects include those for smart water ATM, smart toilets, storm drainage system, recycling and reuse of waste water, sewerage trunkline, rain water recharging and effective water supply system. Other projects including those for solar power generation, water to energy, electric buses, integrated transport mobility, plastic waste management centre, C and D waste collection and processing, development of iconic roads, smart Anganwadi, air and water quality monitoring system, affordable housing, and public bicycle sharing system are either completed or at development stage.

The urban development department official said that the state’s idea is to make the six cities slum-free. An automated land encroachment prevention system is also being developed. Projects related to sports complexes, city ground stadiums, auditoriums, city beautification works, lakes, smart multi-level car parking, 24x7 helpline centres, foot over bridges having lift for the differently abled and senior citizens, e-libraries, etc. are also in full swing in these cities, he added.

Of the 70 different projects worth Rs5,750 crore awarded to Ahmedabad, 55 projects worth Rs1,870 crore have been completed. Out of 82 projects worth Rs3,190 crore in Surat, 70 projects valued at Rs2,048 crore have been completed. In Vadodara, out of 54 projects valued at Rs2,190 crore, 37 worth Rs920 crore have been completed. As far as Rajkot is concerned, out of 73 projects worth Rs3,280 crore, only 21 projects worth Rs334 crore have been completed. In the case of Gandhinagar and Dahod, out of 25 and 33 projects worth Rs1,120 crore and Rs 923 crore, respectively,11 and 16 projects valued at Rs 230 crore and Rs 220 crore, respectively, have been completed.


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