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Published on 11/12/2017 12:24:31 PM
Pune smart city eyes Rs 100-crore grant from World Bank
Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) is gunning for a Rs 100-crore grant from the World Bank on the basis of designing performance-based programmes for smart city. The central government has set criteria to disburse money, which include the proportion of smart city projects, their progress and execution, but PSCDCL is losing out on the progress criterion as its launched projects are moving at a snail's pace.

Speaking to Mirror, PSCDCL CEO Rajendra Jagtap said, "We have decided to take part in the fast-track round to get grants for Pune's smart city projects. There are three categories, which we need to fulfil. We are sure we are fulfilling all the mentioned criteria, except for some problems faced in the execution of projects and their progress. The World Bank will be giving Rs 100 crore for every city in every state that fulfils the criteria. In Maharashtra, we are quite ahead, compared to other cities in the state. So, we are confident of getting Rs 100 crore. Before I took charge as the CEO, there was a delay in floating tenders for the Smart City company. Therefore, there has been a little delay in execution and progress of the projects."

But, a senior PSCDCL official elaborated the reasons for delay, saying, "Owing to people's protests against some projects, we faced a problem in starting and executing projects. The Aundh area street design project is one such example. Now, we have decided on people's participation before starting projects in their area."

The 14 smart city projects that have kicked off are livelihood through The Lighthouses of Pune; slum rehabilitation of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar vasahat Aundh; street and pedestrian walkway; central command and control centre for public transport; vehicle health monitoring; passenger information through mobile app and website; city common mobility card; traffic demand modelling project; Pune maximum solar city; plastic bottle recycling project; smart lighting; 100 per cent grievance redressal system for water with the help of PMC care; quantified cities movement; and the garbage vehicle monitoring management system.

Out of that, The Lighthouses of Pune, PMC care, plastic bottles recycling project, mobile application project and the central command and control centre for public transport project have been completed. However, the others are still under way after starting more than a year ago.

To facilitate the screening of states and shortlisting of SPVs interested in participating in the Indian Smart Cities Programme, a screening framework has been prepared, comprising three sections — Part A, B and C. After all information is furnished by the state, SPVs should be presented on November 30. The last date of receiving the submission from the state/union territory is December 11.



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