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Donnerstag, 19.09.2019
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After performing poorly in Swachh Bharat ranking, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) faced another embarrassment, when it was ranked 45th among 100 cities across the country in the execution of smart city projects.

This was revealed in an evaluation report recently released by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA). Even in the state, the city stood third after Kanpur (all-India 3rd rank) and Varanasi (all-India 11th rank) out of eight cities evaluated by the ministry. Lucknow was among 100 cities in the country and eight in the state selected under the smart city mission of the central government in 2015. The ranking was based on the progress of projects initiated through funds received under the smart city schemes. In swachhta campaign, the city scored 122 rank in 402 cities.

Total 57 projects were launched here under smart city. These included development of Kaiserbagh area as a heritage zone, smart bus shelter, smart roads, integrated traffic management system, single window grievance redressal system for civic complaints, smart parking, solar-powered electricity supply to government buildings and Metro, among others.

Of these, only Metro and single window grievance redressal system have been started. Though the deadline of many projects is between 2024-30, MOHUA evaluates progress of projects annually to ensure that the work is carried out with efficiently. Accordingly, every project has to achieve the targeted growth set annually for them.

Although the single window grievance redressal cell has been established, it is only accepting complaints related to LMC as of now.

According to officials, projects like smart bus shelters, command and control centre and installing of solar panels in five government buildings have been completed. While some other major projects like area-based development (ABD) of Kaiserbagh area, installing variable messaging boards, smart parking and construction of smart roads among others are still in progress.

Explaining the poor ranking, the civic body claims that the delay in releasing the funds is one of the main reasons for the slow progress of smart city projects.

However, some officials also blamed private agencies for the slow construction pace.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Pranchal Srivastava

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 05-09-2019

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