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Though smart cities in Tamil Nadu may not be topping the charts, the state is the best performer among bigger states as far as utilisation of Union government funds is concerned.

Data tabled in Parliament shows that TN had utilised 97% of the Rs 3,189 crore allotted to it by the Centre.

According to a senior bureaucrat, fund utilisation is a reasonable metric to indicate the pace of progress and implementation of projects. “The state government pitches in with an equal amount of funds as per the agreement,” the official added.

In comparison, Gujarat has used 95% of allotted funds, while Rajasthan has utilised 94%, Karnataka 91%, Uttar Pradesh 87% and Maharashtra 87%.

Jharkhand is the only state which scores higher in terms of this metric, but it has only one smart city project, compared to Tamil Nadu’s 11.

Smart city projects are underway in Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, Tuticorin, Trichy, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur and Vellore.

As per official data, TN has completed 167 projects totalling to Rs 2,873crore, while work orders for 310 projects worth Rs 12,986 crore have been issued. Tenders have been floated for 20 schemes worth Rs 488.3 crore.

Though Chennai started a year late, the administration has caught up with others and even overtaken some, Raj Cherubal, CEO of Chennai Smart City Limited, told TOI.

“Expenditure is a measure of projects moving forward from concepts to execution and completion,” he said.

According to officials, some smart cities have gotten stuck at project approval or detailed project report stage and are unable to tender out projects and show utilisation.

In Chennai, the smart city projects nearing completion include the multi-level car park in T Nagar. The next major project is the intelligent traffic management system, which will cost around Rs 900crore.

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Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 10.02.2021

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