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Smart Cities Mission deadline extended till March 31

No new work to be created, pending projects to be completed by new date

Smart Cities Mission deadline extended till March 31


Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 8

Though the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has decided to extend the Smart Cities Mission till March 31, 2025, a number of works scheduled to be completed in the first phase of the project are pending in the city. These projects include automated car parking, smart road and 24x7 canal-based water supply scheme which are still incomplete. The Amritsar Smart City Limited (ASCL) claimed to have completed more than 25 projects in the last seven years. The government had allocated Rs 995 crore for the city under the scheme and a major share of Rs 350 crore is being spent on the 24x7 canal-based water supply project.

Pending works

  • Automated car parking
  • Smart road
  • 24x7 canal-based water supply

The government launched the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) on June 25, 2015. A total of 100 smart cities have been selected through four rounds of competition held from January 2016 to June 2018. A total of 33 projects worth Rs 995 crore were proposed in Amritsar as part of the mission. The Union Government will spend Rs 500 crore on it. An equal amount, on a matching basis, is proposed to be contributed by the state government or its urban local bodies department.

The projects include work like beautification of parks, solar panels on rooftops of government offices, colourful lights under the elevated road, installation of LED street lights, plants under elevated road, wi-fi on Heritage Street and tourist kiosks. Projects such as replacement of diesel autos with e-rickshaws, Smart Road and water supply are being implemented.

“The Smart Road project, estimated to cost Rs 118 crore, is almost complete. Similarly, Rs 59 crore would be spent on the multi-level car parking at Kairon market where construction is going on. The government had dropped the Rs 55 crore Skyway project outside Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib as it was not viable,” said an MC official

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has issued a letter to the Amritsar Smart City Limited about the extension of the Smart Cities Mission up to March 31, 2025 without any additional cost. The extension has been given with conditions that no additional liability or new work beyond the already approved financial allocation under the Mission will be created and that all ongoing projects will be completed before March 2025.

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