• Work on Jaipur smart city project to kick off from June 15

    The work on smart city project in the city would begin from June 15. The first meeting of the board of directors of Jaipur Smart Mission Limited was held under the chairmanship of principal secretary Manjit Singh on Wednesday.

    In the meeting, the short-term and long-term projects, which would be initiated under the smart city mission were discussed.

    JMC CEO Ashutosh Pednekar, who is appointed as CEO of the special purpose vehicle (SPV) for taking forward the smart city proposal informed, “The strategy to implement the project was discussed in the meeting. Initially, there would be short-term projects and work will be started before June 15.”

    Listing few short-term projects, the company would take up public bicycle scheme (PBS), heritage facade, rainwater structures, smart toilets, digital signages work before the given deadline.

    Under the smart city mission, the development work in the Pink City will be carried out in two different strategic components: area-based development and pan-city development.

    Under the area-based development, an area of 650 acres of the Walled City (or old city) between the Albert Hall and the Jorawar Singh Gate has been identified for retrofitting. Modern infrastructure that is missing in the old city would be developed now.

    Under the pan-city development, the infrastructure outside the Walled City would be strengthened with improved facilities like solid-waste management and smart multi-modern mobility. Under the pan-city smart solution, a single problem for the whole city would be selected and smart solutions will be identified.

    Under the area-based development strategy, innovative solutions will be implemented either by re-designing or bringing some minor changes in a particular area. Under retrofitting, ideas would be implemented without altering any existing infrastructure of the area.

    The state government had proposed to spend Rs 2,403 crore for the city. Under area-based development, Rs 1,521crore was proposed to be spent, while Rs 819 crore for the pan-city development.

    Offical informed that the first instalment has been released by the Centre for the project, which is Rs 186 crore for Jaipur and Rs 159.20 crore for Udaipur. 

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