Coimbatore Spent Nearly Rs 100 Cr On Projects Under Smart Cities Mission
After around two years and spending nearly Rs 100 crore, Coimbatore is yet to experience the impact of Smart Cities Mission, a flagship scheme that the Central Government funds.
Coimbatore Smart City Limited (CSCL), the company that implements the Mission programmes on behalf of the Coimbatore Corporation, disclosed in its annual financial statement that it has spent nearly Rs 100 crore on the mission projects. The CSCL Board recently approved of the financial statement.
In the coming months, CSCL will spend another Rs 120 crore and ask for a like sum from the Central Government for taking up schemes it has proposed to implement.
But this is not reflected on the ground, say activists. What the Corporation or the CSCL is doing under Smart Cities Mission is not known to most city’s residents, as there is lack of transparency, which is against the Central Government’s push for openness, says Secretary, Coimbatore Consumer Cause.
The corporation should list out the schemes it has taken up; say how much it has spent so far, project-wise, the starting and ending date of each of the projects and also the executing contractor’s details.
Sources in the CSCL say that of the about Rs 100 crore spent, a substantial sum of about Rs 70 crore – was towards the execution of the 24×7 drinking water supply project by way of payment to the contractor, Suez India Private Limited. The next big spend was for the Housing for All scheme by way of payment towards the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, which is executing the project.
Other expenditures include Rs 11 crore for the two solar power plants of 1 MW each, Rs 1 crore for installation of automated water meter readers in a ward, a model solar tree at the corporation main office in Town Hall and Rs 10 lakh for installation of 30 air quality monitoring devices.
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