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In a move that could go a long way in maintaining project sites developed using crores of rupees under Smart City project, the state government has formed a committee to work out a standard operating procedure (SoP) for the operation and maintenance of completed projects.

The government has formed two committees for this purpose. A three-member committee comprising principal secretary, local self-government department, chief executive officer of Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL), and the secretary of the city corporation shall formulate the SoP for projects under the ownership of the corporation. As for projects under other departments, SoP shall be prepared by principal secretary, local self-government department, chief executive officer, SCTL, and the head of the department concerned.

As per the minutes, the 24th board meeting of Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL) has decided that the projects undertaken by the Smart City Mission which have been completed need to be handed over to the respective owners subject to the condition that a tripartite agreement among the asset owner, SCTL & the maintenance agency is entered for the operation and maintenance. The board meeting has also approved the formation of a committee to work out the standard operating procedure for operation and maintenance for the completed projects and regarding the asset management.

The SCTL is also processing quotations for housekeeping services in various completed project sites under the Smart City project. As per the quotation document, the agency has to take care of all aspects of housekeeping services like manpower deployment (sweeping, cleaning, landscape maintenance, pruning, providing materials and other necessary safety gears for field staff, waste management etc). The agency will be responsible for upkeep of the site to ensure that all assets of SCTL are well maintained.

Housekeeping services will be introduced for drinking water kiosks (at 25 locations within 4 Km radius of Secretariat), at the RKV vending zone, for the five bus shelters, Captain Lakshmi Children’s Park, Sree Chitra Park, East Fort, Putharikandam Maidanam and for Puthenchantha temple tank.

TOI recently carried a report on how the lack of proper maintenance affected the parks which were revamped under the Smart City project. The visitors at the Sree Chitra Tirunal park at East fort had complained about defective exercise equipment, a dysfunctional water dispenser, unchecked weed growth and lack of dustbins and toilet facilities. The park, inaugurated after redevelopment under the Smart City Project on August 30 this year, reflected shoddy maintenance in less than six months of being opened to the public.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Aswin J Kumar

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 23.12.2022

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