After a long meeting for more than 11 hours on Monday, general body of Pune municipal corporation (PMC) gave nod to the smart city plan for the city. The plan submitted to the PMC mainly focused on the transportation sector, water supply and sewage treatment, energy plans for area development.
The estimated cost of the project for developing the city will be over Rs2900 crore as against the projected cost of Rs 3480 crore by the civic administration earlier. The project also includes the formation of the special purpose vehicle (SPV) which will help in mobilizing funds and fast tracking projects
Although in a meeting the formation of the SPV for development of the smart city was extremely criticized by the corporators whose main objective was to thwart the PMC plan but fortunately the plan was successfully passed by the general body the same day.
Furthermore ,Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis have also backed the plan .He also held a discussion with Shiv Sena president Uddav Thackery , MNS chief Raj Thackeray and the top leaders from both the congress and the NCP regarding the new developmental project along with other issues such as declining of acro activities, challenges in the rural belt , rapid urbanization etc .
Pune is among the 100 cities chosen by the central government for the smart city project. Along with Pune nine more cities of Maharashtra namely-Mumbai,Nashik,Nagpur,Navi,Mumbai,Thane,Kalyan,Dombivali,Amravati,Solapuraand Aurangabad have been chosen for the project.
News Source- Indianexpress.com