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Only INR 9,860 crore spent so far under Smart City mission - Ministry

Infra News - Published on Wed, 03 Jan 2018

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PTI reported that out of INR 9,860 crore released to 60 cities under the Smart City Mission only seven per cent, or about INR 645 crore, have been utilised so far, an issue which has raised concerns in the Urban Affairs Ministry. Of the INR 196 crore released to each of around 40 cities, Ahmedabad has spent the maximum amount of INR 80.15 crore, followed by Indore (INR 70.69 crore), Surat (INR 43.41 crore) and Bhopal INR 42.86 crore, according to a data of the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry.

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

A HUA official recently said the ministry was concerned about the "unsatisfactory" progress of the project in some of the cities. He 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 INR 111 crore each from the Centre, Vodadara has spent INR 20.62 crore, Namchi in Sikkim spent INR 6.80 crore, while Salem, Vellore and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu could utilise only INR 5 lakh, INR 6 lakh and INR 19 lakh, respectively.

Ninety cities have so far been selected by the government under the smart city mission and each of them will get INR 500 crore as central assistance for implementing various projects. The cities are required to set up Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to get funds from the Centre for the implementation of the project.

In a review meeting recently, the official said cities in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were found to be "performing well", while those in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra needed to speed up the implementation process.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 03 Jan 2018
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