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Dal, Jhelum restoration pivotal to Srinagar Smart City Project : Chief Secretary

Union Secy H&UA assures adequate funding for implementation of Smart City Mission in JK

Rouf Pampori

Rouf Pampori

5 Dariya News

Srinagar , 15 Sep 2018

Laying out the roadmap for effective implementation of Smart City Projects in the State, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today asked the  administration to focus on restoration of Dal Lake and Jhelum river as a fulcrum for development of Srinagar as a ‘Smart City’.“Dal Lake and Jhelum  river are twin lifelines of Srinagar city. Once you focus on restoration and beautification of these water bodies, your ‘Smart City’ will emerge and grow  from there,” Subrahmanyam said, adding that sustainable development of Srinagar has to be based on restoration of these important water bodies.Urging the officers to take immediate steps for adding charm to Srinagar’s landscape, the Chief Secretary regretted the absence of night life in the  historic city. He asked the officials to involve the residents of the city as “important stakeholders” in Smart City Mission.“Srinagar becomes lifeless  after evening, but small, smart and low-cost interventions can radically change this. The city has an illustrious history with its arts, crafts and heritage,  and we have to shape ‘Srinagar Smart City’ around these ideas,” he said, adding that the officials must explore the options of including tram system  and water transport in the proposals for Srinagar ‘Smart City’.Subrahmanyam said Jammu city has made some progress in the implementation of the  projects under ‘Smart City’ mission but the city has to be made pleasing to the eyes. He asked the officers in Jammu to focus on leveraging resources  for people-oriented development, while announcing that both the cities will get fulltime CEOs for Smart City Mission in a month.

The Chief Secretary was speaking at a meeting here at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre to review the progress made on works related  to the development of J&K’s twin capitals – Jammu and Srinagar – as ‘Smart Cities’.The meeting was also attended by D S Mishra, Secretary, Union  Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary (Smart Cities), K B Aggarwal, Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban  Development, Syed Abid Rashid, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Keshav Verma, World Bank Consultant, Peerzada Hafizullah Shah, Commissioner  SMC and other officers of the civil administration.Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar and Vice-Chairman, Jammu Development Authority  participated in the meeting through video-conferencing.Earlier, Secretary Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs assured the meeting that there  was no dearth of funds with the GoI for speedy implementation of Smart City Mission in twin capitals of J&K. “The challenge before you are utilization  and implementation but this also opens a window of opportunity to make Srinagar a great city like Geneva,” he said.He urged the officers to focus on  those projects initially which will make visible and immediate changes to the lives of people, “Srinagar had a life but can we bring it back? Smart City  Mission is a public driven program and not a government scheme which is why the involvement of locals is very important,” he said.The DCs of Jammu  and Srinagar, who are also the in-charge CEOs of Smart City projects, informed the meeting about the progress made in the implementation of ‘Smart  City Mission’ in their respective cities.

 

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