Govt releases Rs 194 crore for Pune under smart cities mission
PUNE: The Centre has released its initial share of Rs 194 crore for Pune under the Smart Cities Mission.
The PMC and the state government are now expected to raise funds for actual implementation of projects. The PMC plans to give thrust on involving private investors.
Minister for urban development M Venkaiah Naidu has asked Pune and 19 other cities, selected in the first round of the Smart Cities contest, to launch their projects by June 25. In his communique to civic bodies, Naidu stated: “The municipal corporations must not delay formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and ensure the projects planned under the Mission are not kept pending.” Pune was ranked second in the competition, but Naidu has said that rank does not matter.
“What matters is not where a city stands now, but where it likes to go and how it proposes to go, based on a vision drawn from the inherent strengths of a city and backed by a credible action plan,” Naidu had said.
An investment of about Rs 700 crore is expected in pan-city projects implemented across Pune in the next five years. The mission will focus on fixing the biggest concerns: mobility, water and improving public transport through better availability and reliability.
‘Smart Pune public transport system’ is on the anvil and efforts to achieve the benchmark of 50% public transport use, which is just 18% today will be taken up under the Mission.
Equitable distribution of water (150 litres per capita per day) and 24×7 water supply are also on cards.
“An official resolution from the state government is awaited. But the Centre has sanctioned Rs 194 for the Smart Cities Mission,” a press release by Pune Municipal Corporation said.