India’s Top Five Cities Smart Cities Mission Progress, SCM India
Smart Cities Mission Progress: It’s been close to two years since the first 20 cities were selected under the much talked-about Smart Cities Mission (SCM) of the Government of India, but progress under the mission has been slow.
Let us just look at the top five cities. Selected in January 2016, these cities – Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat and Kochi – are supposed to complete the proposed projects under the SCM by 2021-22. But most of these cities appear to be lagging behind schedule, both in terms of the number of projects completed as well as the works under progress. Surat leads, with works worth over Rs 2000 cr in progress. Kochi lags the most, having started only two projects worth Rs 20 cr so far.
Of the top five, Bhubaneswar and Kochi have not completed any projects so far. Pune has completed four out of 34 projects, Jaipur seven out of 47, and Surat seven out of 52.
Surat leads among the top cities in terms of the number of ongoing projects. In addition to the completed projects, the SPV has issued work orders worth over Rs 2000 cr for 32 projects. These include projects for affordable housing, water supply and recycling, and integrated traffic control system. The duration varies for different projects. For example, the affordable housing projects that are ongoing, would take longer to complete.
Ongoing projects are, however, fewer in Pune and Jaipur. The Pune SPV (Special Purpose Vehicles), named the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL), currently has ongoing projects worth Rs 280 cr, amounting to 9.5% of total outlay. CEO of PSCDCL, says that another project worth Rs 350 cr had to be re-tendered due to technical issues. Dismissing allegations of delay, he explains that many projects require detailed feasibility studies beforehand, as they are entirely new.
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