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The civic body, which currently ranks 22, claims only 40% of these projects remain, and their work will be fast-tracked

Civic officials have claimed the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Smart City Project (SCP) has only 40 per cent of its development projects remaining and these will happen over the next seven months. The declaration comes on the heels of the Centre deciding to wind up its Smart City Mission (SCM) and clarifying that projects will not be extended beyond on March 31, 2022.

The SCM joint secretary has directed project authorities of all 100 cities to complete pending works on priority. Officials have asked PCMC SCP for the status of works in the townships.

Chief information technology officer of PCMC SCP Nilkanth Poman said, “PCMC has finished almost 60 per cent of targeted works. Only 40 per cent remains; it will be fast-tracked in the next seven months.”

It may be noted that the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs launched the SCM on June 25, 2015. Pimpri-Chinchwad was selected in the third round of the Smart City Challenge and the special purpose vehicle was named Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City Limited (PCSCL) and formed on July 13, 2017. The township was selected in the third phase at rank 69 and is currently ranked at 22 considering the overall progress of projects.

The PCSCL said that as per guidelines issued by the Centre, the PCMC submitted a SCP consisting of area-based development (Rs 593.67 crore) and PAN city projects (Rs 555.53 crore) — together worth Rs 1,149.2 crore. There are a total of 32 projects —nine under DPR preparation, two in the tenderissued stage, 12 under work-order issued and nine under work completed.

The completed projects worth Rs 104 crore include solar power generation (Rs 2 crore), municipal e-classrooms (Rs 45.87 crore), public e-toilets (Rs 10 crore), social media analytics (Rs 21.95 crore), etc. The plans for which work orders worth Rs 1,286.79 crore have been issued are environmental monitoring (Rs 4.81 crore), smart traffic management (Rs 31.38 crore), smart toilets (Rs 359.05 crore), city surveillance (Rs 33.64 crore), smart water supply (Rs 139 crore), and more.

Tenders have been issued for projects worth Rs 67.35 crore, including village plaza (Rs 48 crore), community level rainwater harvesting (Rs 17.5 crore), refurbishment of sports and educational facilities (Rs 25 crore), and others.

PCSCL has received a total grant of Rs 587.84 crore for projects and administrative and office expenses — Rs 293.92 crore from the Centre, Rs 146.96 crore from the state and Rs 146.96 crore from ULB. The total expenditure as on May 31 is Rs 521.66 crore. The overall physical progress is 39.60 per cent and financial progress is 32.60 per cent.

Rivals spar over SCP work

Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) city unit president Sanjog Waghere has alleged that smart city work is only on paper, and citizens could visibly see the development works done by NCP and Congress power. “The entire smart city projects have failed. Tenders were floated under smart heads and percentage distributed, but every work is on paper alone. It has been a money making business for the ruling party.”

Meanwhile, BJP city president Mahesh Landge said, “Those who raise questions on the work done under smart city can visit the sites and see for themselves. The entire work has been transparent.”

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Archana Dahiwal

Quelle/Source: Pune Mirror, 08.07.2021

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