- Maharashtra government is mulling its own ‘Smart City’ project with an aim to provide development opportunities to cities that have not been selected by the Centre under its ambitious programme.
- The project is at a nascent stage for now and nothing has been finalised on paper as yet.
- Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Nagpur and Aurangabad are among ten cities selected from the state for the Centre’s ‘Smart City’ project.
- A decision on allocation of funds to develop these as smart cities under the state government’s project will be taken soon and it will later be placed before the Cabinet for its approval.
- The Centre, under its flagship programme, will provide Rs 100 crores to each of the ten cities selected by it so that they can prepare a plan of their own. These cities will then consult NGOs and citizens before finalising the plan of their smart city.
- 80 per cent issues will be related to civic amenities, like providing drinking water and proper drainage system, while 20 per cent will be regarding Information Technology.
Source: NITI CENTRAL