Saravana Kumar appointed CEO of Jaipur Smart Mission
JAIPUR: The state government has appointed 2006-batch IAS officer V Saravana Kumar as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Jaipur Smart Mission Limited (JSML).
Kumar, who was serving as Sirohi collector, has been exclusively appointed to execute the smart city works in the state capital.
Earlier, the task was assigned to Ashutosh AT Pednekar, the outgoing CEO of the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). Pednekar had the dual charge of the JMC CEO as well as CEO of the special purpose vehicle, the JSML, to take forward the smart city works. Pednekar has been replaced with Kumar even before the project could be executed on ground. The Smart City project is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Unlike Pednekar, the new JMC CEO Hemant Gera has been kept out of JSML.
Sources in the department said, “As smart city mission is the Centre’s ambitious project, an IAS officer has been exclusively dedicated for the work. The JMC CEO is already overburdened with public works. This is probably why Kumar has been brought in solely for the task.”
Kumar’s past experience as CEO of the Ajmer Municipal Corporation and as CEO of Kota and Bharatpur zila parishads would come handy for his new assignment. The officer has also served as collector of Dholpur and Baran (part of the chief minister’s son’s parliamentary constituency).
Many believe that Kumar has a challenging task at hand as the work on smart city project would begin from June 15. “For smart city, the government has appointed a new CEO, who will drive the concept and execution rather than leave these tasks to municipal bodies alone. As the project is new for all and Jaipur secured 3rd position in smart cities list, expectations from the new CEO will be high,” said a senior JMC official.
It is informed, the first instalment has been released by the Centre for the project, which is Rs 186 crore for Jaipur and the work is about to begin. The JSML has bifurcated the short-term and long-term projects, which would be initiated under the smart city mission. Some of the short-term projects the company will undertake include public bicycle scheme (PBS), heritage facade, rainwater structures, smart toilets, digital signages.