While the Model Code of Conduct has prevented new infrastructure projects from taking off this summer in Tamil Nadu, an exception seems likely to be made for civic projects associated with the Smart City initiative.
Work on the Smart City project is expected to gain momentum even before the completion of Assembly elections, The Hindu reported.
Officials of Greater Chennai Corporation are already making preparations to work on various aspects of the Smart City proposals.
They include easy access to public transport and enhancing mobility by use of ICT (Information & Communications Technology) solutions, city beautification, safety against natural disasters, easier commuting and mitigating inner-city congestion.
The implementation of the mission at the local level will be done by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for this.
“We have written to the Centre, asking them to get an exemption from the Election Commission of India. If we get permission, work may start before completion of elections,” said a Corporation official.
The SPV will plan, approve, release funds, implement and manage the Smart City development projects. Project execution would be done through joint ventures, subsidiaries and public-private partnerships.