After several deliberations, Dehradun smart city project approved
DEHRADUN: In a board meeting on Monday, the Dehradun Municipal Corporation gave its approval to the much talked about smart city project with a few additional conditions. Several other issues such as the annual budget, cleanliness campaigns, anti-encroachment and anti-hoarding drives and rebate on commercial tax were also discussed during the meeting.
Speaking about the green signal to the smart city project, mayor Vinod Chamoli said, “The main objective is to include core areas like Parade Ground and Gandhi Park in the the retrofitting project. In the last discussion, we had asked the nodal agency to include these localities in the already chosen areas. DMC is an important stakeholder in the smart city project and that’s why we scrutinized the proposal before giving it a go ahead.”
Chamoli also elaborated about various other issues that came up during the meeting. “We are very serious about several campaigns that we have started earlier this month. We have decided to increase the deadline for payment of commercial tax by a month. People paying taxes during this period will also be able to avail 20% rebate,” he said.
Ajay Singhal, councillor, Jhanda Colony, told ETRealty(TOI), “The purpose of the meeting was to work for the betterment of the city. Many important decisions like making a committee to ensure that no illegal hoardings are put up in the city, were taken. Also, the rental policy for the shops in Nagar Nigam complexes was revised. From now, priority will be given to the citizens of Uttarakhand.”
Meanwhile, Rajkumar Kakkar, councillor from Rest Camp, complained about the suggested cleanliness drive. “There is no difference in the cleaning system after the campaign has started. The authorities need to ensure that extra workers are hired for the job and more vehicles are made available in the city.”
DMC’s anti-encroachment, anti-hoarding and cleanliness drives in the city will be carried out in April, May and June.
A revised budget for 2015-16 was also approved by the corporation and a decision on installation of mobile towers in various locations after prior consent of the respective councillors was taken. Privatization of door-to-door waste collection as well as its transportation was also sanctioned.