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It is not just municipal services that have been hit due to financial crunch in Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) leading to frequent strike by private agencies and contractors, the crisis has also hit ongoing and flagship projects of Indore Smart City project.

From Indore Smart City’s flagship projects like Rajwada to sludge hygienization plant, and even MOG Lines - work on all these projects have come to a grinding halt - thanks to the delay in release of funds from state.

As per official sources, a sum of Rs500 crore is to be released by the Centre as well as from state government each for implementation of projects in Indore under Centre’s ambitious Smart City mission. While Centre has released around Rs390 crore from its share of Rs500 crore, the state has released only Rs200 crore since 2015-16.

The state is required to release at least 50 per cent of its total share of Rs500 crore before the last installment of Centre’s share could be released to Smart City.

“The state government has already received the last installment of funds of Centre’s share, and it is supposed to come through the state, but it cannot be released before the state releases 50 per cent of its total share,” claimed senior officials with Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) on condition of anonymity.

“We have been able to improve our monthly ranking in the list of best performing smart cities under Centre’s Smart City mission from 24th position to 3rd position within a year, that too with utilization of just 60 per cent funds. We could have hit the top place, but delay in release of funds has affected the overall performance of Indore Smart city,” they added.

ISCDl’s chief executive officer Aditi Garg also admitted about the delay and said that they have requested state government to release an upfront Rs60 crore for proper implementation of existing projects.

“Projects like Rajwada conservation, sludge hygienization and MOG are in their final state, and require nominal investments for completion. We are sitting on an estimated expenditure of Rs100 crore for the next one month,” said the CEO, while adding that they are expecting release of funds from state soon.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Ashok Kumar

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 12.09.2020

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