DIF­FER­ENT FACETS OF THE SMART CITY MIS­SION

HT Estates - - FRONT PAGE - THE ES­SEN­TIALS OF A SMART CITY AT THE CEN­TRE OF THE SMART CITY MIS­SION IS IN­FRAS­TRUC­TURAL DE­VEL­OP­MENT MIS­SION IM­PLE­MEN­TA­TION THROUGH SPE­CIAL PUR­POSE VE­HI­CLE (SPV) MON­I­TOR­ING

Pro­mot­ing mixed land use in area-based de­vel­op­ment Hous­ing and in­clu­sive­ness - ex­pand hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for all Cre­at­ing walk­a­ble lo­cal­i­ties – re­duce con­ges­tion, air pol­lu­tion and re­source de­ple­tion, boost lo­cal econ­omy, pro­mote in­ter­ac­tions and en­sure se­cu­rity Pre­serv­ing and de­vel­op­ing open spa­ces Pro­mot­ing a va­ri­ety of trans­port op­tions - Tran­sit Ori­ented De­vel­op­ment (TOD), pub­lic trans­port and last mile para­trans­port con­nec­tiv­ity Mak­ing gov­er­nance cit­i­zen­friendly and cost ef­fec­tive - in­creas­ingly rely on online ser­vices to bring about ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency Giv­ing an iden­tity to the city - based on its main eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, such as lo­cal cui­sine, health, ed­u­ca­tion, arts and craft, cul­ture, sports goods, fur­ni­ture, hosiery, tex­tile, dairy, etc Ap­ply­ing smart so­lu­tions to in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices in area-based de­vel­op­ment in or­der to make them bet­ter Ad­e­quate water sup­ply As­sured elec­tric­ity sup­ply San­i­ta­tion, in­clud­ing solid waste man­age­ment Ef­fi­cient ur­ban mo­bil­ity and pub­lic trans­port Aford­able hous­ing, es­pe­cially for the poor Ro­bust IT con­nec­tiv­ity and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion Good gov­er­nance, es­pe­cially e-gov­er­nance and ci­ti­zen par­tic­i­pa­tion Sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment, safety and se­cu­rity of cit­i­zens, par­tic­u­larly women, chil­dren and the el­derly, and health and ed­u­ca­tion The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the mis­sion at the city level will be done by a Spe­cial Pur­pose Ve­hi­cle (SPV) cre­ated for the pur­pose. The SPV will plan, ap­praise, ap­prove, re­lease funds, im­ple­ment, man­age, op­er­ate, mon­i­tor and eval­u­ate the smart city de­vel­op­ment projects. Each smart city will have a SPV which will be headed by a full time CEO and have nominees of cen­tral gov­ern­ment, state gov­ern­ment and ur­ban lo­cal body (ULB) on its board. The SPV will be a limited com­pany in­cor­po­rated un­der the Com­pa­nies Act, 2013 at the city-level, in which the state/ UT and the ULB will be the pro­mot­ers hav­ing 50:50 eq­uity share­hold­ing. The pri­vate sec­tor or fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions could be con­sid­ered for tak­ing eq­uity stake in the SPV, pro­vided the share­hold­ing pat­tern of 50:50 of the state/UT and the ULB is main­tained and the state/UT and the ULB to­gether have ma­jor­ity share­hold­ing and con­trol of the SPV. The CEO of the SPV will be ap­pointed with the ap­proval of the MoUD. The CEO will be ap­pointed for a fixed term of three years and will be re­moved only with the prior ap­proval of MoUD There will be three lev­els of mon­i­tor­ing of the smart city project in ev­ery city – at the city level, state level and na­tional level. A smart city ad­vi­sory fo­rum will be es­tab­lished at the city level for all smart cities to ad­vise and en­able col­lab­o­ra­tion among var­i­ous stake­hold­ers and will in­clude the dis­trict col­lec­tor, MP, MLA, mayor, CEO of SPV, lo­cal youths, and tech­ni­cal ex­perts. A state level high­pow­ered steer­ing com­mit­tee (HPSC) chaired by the chief sec­re­tary will drive the pro­gramme. The HPSC will have rep­re­sen­ta­tives of state gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. An apex com­mit­tee (AC), headed by the sec­re­tary, MoUD, and com­pris­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of re­lated min­istries and or­gan­i­sa­tions will ap­prove the pro­pos­als for the smart cities mis­sion, mon­i­tor progress and re­lease funds

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