- Published: 21 July 2019
Terming development of the ‘smart city’ project as disappointing, minister for urban development Suresh Khanna said that out of Rs 303 crore allocated for the project, only Rs 113 crore had so far been spent by the agencies. There was a need to complete the project on a warfooting.
The minister, presiding over a review meeting here on Saturday, said Rs 2,311 crore ‘smart city’ project is aimed at providing basic facilities to the residents by the local bodies.
The city, he said, is facing serious problems of potable water, choked sewer lines and drainage system but the Jal Nigam and Jal Kal departments didn’t care to do anything in this regard. He asked the chairman-cum-managing director of the Jal Nigam to chalk out short term and long term plans for redressing the city’s problems. “Suspension is no remedy. The officers should perform their duties honestly and with full responsibility”, Khanna said. He told the officers either perform or be ready to bear the consequences. The executive officer (EO), who had not spent the funds allocated by the 14th Finance Commission, would be suspended, he further said.
Minister for industrial development, Satish Mahana also expressed his displeasure on slow development of the ‘smart city’ project.While Kanpur was declared the ‘smart city’ in the second round, but only open gyms could be raised in some parks so far, he said.
Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 14.07.2019