PSCDCL Proposes to Expand its Jurisdiction
Under criticism over failure to deliver desired results, the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL) has proposed to increase its jurisdiction of operation for area-based development. PSCDCL cited the need to show better results of the smart city projects being implemented in the area selected for development. The area of Aundh-Baner-Balewadi was selected under area development category under the smart city mission. The current Smart City Proposal (SCP) for Pune includes transformation of around 950 acres of part of Aundh-Baner-Balewadi area, and there are plans to extend it by 150 per cent. An investment of ` 2,196 crore is earmarked for transformation of the area through 34 local area development projects. In a proposal tabled in the meeting of board of directors, the PSDCL said there was need to increase the area selected for development under smart city mission in order to improve the desired impact of key projects, such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, bicycle lanes, solid waste management and street redesign. These projects have not been achieved due to space and terrain limitations.