Although Kochi has been included the first list of 20 Smart Cities, the local authorities are yet to be ready with the implementation plan.
The financial aid sanctioned by the Central Government under the Smart City Mission would be delayed if the State Government fails to form a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the project or to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) in the current financial year itself, reports have said.
“The Central Government would allot the fund only if we finish formation of the SPV and preparation of the DPR in the current financial year,” said Smart City Mission director Mohammed Haneesh after attending a video conference called by Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha to discussion with officials issues with regard to 97 cities vying for the Smart Cities project.
“Considering this, we have started working on the project by setting deadlines. So, our immediate attention will be on formation of the SPV,” Haneesh said.
The video conference was attended by Haneesh, District Collector M G Rajamanickam and Corporation Secretary Amith Meena.
“Currently, we have only the conceptual plan, based on which we have to prepare the DPR for Smart City. UK-based Atkins has offered to help us prepare the DPR free of cost. Besides, we have to appoint a chief executive officer for the project,” he said.
The conceptual plan will feature the themes of ‘urban mobility, rejuvenation of natural resources, smart urban services, revival of culture and smart solution. It is these points that helped Kochi make the cut to get selected o the first batch of Smart Cities.
Now the key areas of focus are:
- Formation of Special Purpose Vehicle
- Projectisation of Conceptual Plan
- Appointment of Chief Executive Officer
- Implementation of More Projects in PPP Mode