The main reasons cited by MoUD for Doon not making it to the smart city list last time were the large area that was taken up for retrofitting and the number of projects proposed for infrastructure development.
DEHRADUN: The Smart city list for the third round is expected to be disclosed by the end of this month as told to TOI by Meenakshi Sundaram who is the nodal officer of Dehradun smart city proposal. Dehradun has not made it in the last 2 lists but officials are hopeful that this list would feature the city. The updated proposal was submitted to Ministry of Urban Development last in June with 77 remaining cities are also participants. The updated plan of the smart city had few revisions like the area which was reduced from 4300 acres to 875 and inclusion of pan-city ‘smart interventions’ like water ATMs, smart electric poles amongst others. The proposal had to be resubmitted by June 30.
The main reasons cited by MoUD for Doon not making it to the smart city list last time were the large area that was taken up for retrofitting and the number of projects proposed for infrastructure development. Keeping this in mind, the number of wards has been reduced from 25 to 10 which include areas like Tilak Road, Karnpur and Clock Tower Chowk amongst others.
Meenakshi Sundaram, vice-chairman,”I have come to know that the list for smart cities is likely to be out by the end of this month and it is a possibility that Dehradun is going to make it this time. I am keeping my fingers crossed for good result.” Smart City proposal includes smart interventions for traffic circulation, vehicle parking, smart buses, e-rickshaws and others. Mahesh Bhandari, president, Doon Residents Welfare Front said,”I am quite confident that we will make it to the smart city list this time since the area which has been selected for retrofitting is part of old city which does need immediate restoration. Also we ensured that the residents of the city voted in large number by setting up voting booths in various localities. The reduction of area will work in Dehradun’s favour.”
The total number of cities selected till now for the Smart Cities Mission is 33 which include Chandigarh, Lucknow, Agartala, Chennai, Bhubneshwar and others which still leaves 77 more cities which are competing for a place on the smart city list.