- Veröffentlicht: 18. Oktober 2018
A year after the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to implement the Smart City project in Bengaluru, the Central government project is yet to take off
A year after the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to implement the Smart City project in Bengaluru, the Central government project is yet to take off. Though a grant of ₹100 crore was released recently, the SPV has not got into action.
One of the reasons for this appears to be with regard to the appointment of the SPV’s managing director. Though the Smart City Mission guidelines mandate an independent MD, the Urban Development Department (UDD) in October 2017, gave the BBMP Commissioner additional charge of the SPV. The Commissioner is, no doubt, overburdened with managing city affairs.
According to a senior official in the UDD, the idea behind appointing the City Municipal Commissioner as the MD was for better coordination. “If an independent MD is appointed, it would create two power-centres in the city’s bureaucracy and possibly hamper the project,” the officer said.
However, it is learnt that the UDD is now planning to change this system. “There was a proposal to replace the commissioner with a senior BBMP officer. Now, there is a new proposal to appoint an officer who will hold independent charge of the SPV,” the officer said.
The government is yet to appoint two subject experts on the board of directors. Of the 15 board of directors, 13 of them have been appointed — six representatives each from ULBs and the state government and one from the Government of India.
Bengaluru twice failed to make it to the Centre’s list of cities chosen under the Smart City project. It got through in the third round after a push from political leaders.
While, the objective of the mission being better quality of life by providing core infrastructure, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘smart’ solutions, routine infrastructure projects like road development, construction of drains and developing markets were made part of the project.
Officials say that the biggest impeding factor in Smart City project is that it is being seen as any other state government/ BBMP project.
AB Ibrahim, mission director of the Smart City Project, said that Bengaluru is just getting on track. “Chief engineers are posted. The office space for the project will be opened soon. ₹100 crore was released last month for project implementation and PPP projects worth ₹700 crore has been tendered. Things will move fast now on,” he said.
BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad who is also the MD of the SPV, was not available for comment.
Autor(en)/Author(s): Akshatha M
Quelle/Source: ETtech, 11.10.2018