Although, City Beautiful lost in the race to be declared Smart City, it will still compete for smart city fund. That will be a litmus test for the new UT Adviser.
Chandigarh has been selected as one of the fast-track cities for Smart City Mission under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD). A special fast-track provision has been made for those 23 states or UTs which were covered in the list of 20. They have been asked to upgrade their proposal, and 20 of them will be selected for smart city funds.
Chandigarh will be applying afresh with the Ministry of Urban Development by April 15 and submitting its upgraded smart city proposal.
However, with Danish Ashraf, nodal officer of the smart city project, too being transferred a day before UT Adviser Vijay Dev’s orders, making the proposal all over again will test Rai’s ability.
“For the new Adviser, smart city is the biggest challenge. I feel this is the first and the foremost project which is more of an exam for him,” says Gurdev Singh, a resident of Sector 21 here.
“The efficiency of the new UT Adviser will be proved if the city gets the funds,” says Daksh, a social worker and a resident of Sector 19.
The issues that need to be handled with care in the new proposal are rehabilitation of slums, traffic congestion, inadequate public transport, road safety and water supply.