Whether or not the Chhattisgarh gets the patronage of the central government for all its urbanisation and development of modern townships, it has decided to develop the industrial city of Korba as Smart City through its own resources.
This is an idea Urban Administration and Development Minister Amar Agrawal is pushing as one of his agendas to develop the city.
On his recent visit to the city, he made the occasion an opportunity to review the work of Korba Municipal Corporation.
The State-level Technical Committee of the Urban Administration and Development Department which met for the first time in Naya Raipur on Jan 8 has approved the proposed formation of Project Development and Management Consultancy (PDMC) for implementation of Centre’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Mission.
Officials stated that as many as nine districts of Chhattisgarh have been identified for AMRUT project. The districts are Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Bhilai, Rajnandgaon, Korba, Raigarh, Ambikapur and Jagdalpur.
The PDMC would prepare projects under AMRUT Mission for providing 100 per cent water supply facility to the houses, greening of cities and on sewage water management after inviting tenders and later also monitoring the project work.
The Consultancy unit would have experts for each sector of work to be taken up for the Mission. The Central government had released the first instalment of funds under AMRUT project for the current financial year.
The Union Ministry of Urban Development has already released Central Assistance of Rs 10.63 billion to 13 States as first instalment under AMRUT project for the current financial year, officials stated.
AMRUT project launched in June this year aims at ensuring water supply connections and sewer connections to all urban households in 500 mission cities besides supplying 135 litres of water per capita per day, on priority.