Only 7% of Rs 9,860 crore spent so far un­der Smart City mis­sion: Data

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Out of Rs 9,860 crore re­leased to 60 cities un­der the Smart City Mis­sion only seven per cent, or about Rs 645 crore, have been utilised so far, an is­sue which has raised con­cerns in the Ur­ban Af­fairs Min­istry.

Of the Rs 196 crore re­leased to each of around 40 cities, Ahmedabad has spent the max­i­mum amount of Rs 80.15 crore, fol­lowed by In­dore (Rs 70.69 crore), Su­rat (Rs 43.41 crore) and Bhopal Rs 42.86 crore, ac­cord­ing to a data of the Hous­ing and Ur­ban Af­fairs Min­istry, re­ports PTI.

On the other hand, the data re­vealed that of the sanc­tioned funds An­daman and Ni­co­bar could utilise only Rs 54 lakh, Ranchi 35 lakh, and Au­rangabad Rs 85 lakh.

A HUA of­fi­cial re­cently said the min­istry was con­cerned about the “un­sat­is­fac­tory” progress of the project in some of the cities.

He had said that the min­istry would ap­proach the cities that are lag­ging be­hind to find out the “bot­tle­necks” with an aim for speedy im­ple­men­ta­tion of the projects.

Among cities which got around Rs 111 crore each from the Cen­tre, Vo­dadara has spent Rs 20.62 crore, Nam­chi in Sikkim spent Rs 6.80 crore, while Salem, Vel­lore and Than­javur in Tamil Nadu could utilise only Rs five lakh, Rs six lakh and Rs 19 lakh, re­spec­tively.

Ninety cities have so far been se­lected by the gov­ern­ment un­der the smart city mis­sion and each of them will get Rs 500 crore as cen­tral as­sis­tance for im­ple­ment­ing var­i­ous projects.

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