Smart Cities’ projects to get underway in six months
Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep S. Puri has said Smart Cities’ contours would be visible in six months. He said it takes 15 to 18 months for a Smart City project to get underway, as it takes that much…

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep S. Puri has said Smart Cities’ contours would be visible in six months.

He said it takes 15 to 18 months for a Smart City project to get underway, as it takes that much time to appoint a project management consultant (PMC) and to establish a special purpose vehicle (SPV), news reports said.

He said the 99 Smart Cities have been selected across the country entailing   an investment of nearly Rs 2 lakh crores.

“This project was announced in 2015 and is due for completion in 2022, but between June and December we will begin to see their physical manifestation and I think that is already obvious,” Puri was quoted as saying.

“In the next few days, we are making arrangements to inaugurate the 10th Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC). These are cutting edge, state-of-the-art technology centres which integrate all urban services on one huge screen, making it possible to use technology for providing ease of living to all including the disabled, women and children with security features and others,” said the minister.

Of the 99 Smart Cities, 90 are brownfield projects where smart features are introduced in existing cities.

The total investment proposed for the Smart Cities is Rs 2,03,979 crores, while 948 projects costing Rs 30,675 crores are under implementation, 399 projects costing Rs 19,190 crores are in tendering stage, and detailed project reports (DPR) are either approved or under preparation for 2,130 projects, costing Rs 1,05,813 crores.

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