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PMC ready with Rs 3,480-crore smart city plan for Pune

Once selected, PMC will get Rs 500 crore as seed money from Centre, proposes to raise the rest through loans, user charges, tax or cess

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After a rigorous exercise carried out in the last few months, the Pune Municipal Corporation has prepared a smart city plan (SCP) for Pune city, which says an estimated Rs 3,480 crore will be required to implement the plan – Rs 1,035 crore for pan-city development and Rs 2,445 crore for the development of Aundh-Baner, identified as an under-developed area.

As part of smart city mission of the central government, Pune has been shortlisted among the 98 potential smart cities across.

“The civic administration says the plan needs to be submitted to Union government by December 15 and has sought speedier nod to it. Therefore, the committee has no other choice than to approve it,” said Ashwini Kadam, chairperson of the standing committee.

The entire focus of the civic administration in the last few months has been on the smart city mission, she said. “The administration has ignored the routine civic work of PMC while working for the smart city mission. We are giving full cooperation to them and hope they succeed in the first phase,” she said.

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In the summary of the smart city plan submitted to PMC’s standing committee, the civic body administration has said the main focus in Pune has been on transportation and commute, water supply and sewage treatment, energy and plans for area development. “The estimated cost for implementing the projects for the city under the mission is expected to be between Rs 3,225 crore and Rs 3,480 crore,” it said.

Under the pan-city approach, the PMC has estimated an expenditure of Rs 585 crore for establishing smart public transport system that would include ITMS, improvement of bus stops, Wi-Fi facility at a cost of Rs 160 crore, expenditure on improving traffic control system at a cost Rs 95 crore, smart parking (multi-level parking) for Rs 40 crore while Rs 290 crore for maintenance of these facilities.

PMC has also included a project for 24X7 water supply across the city at a cost of Rs 375 crore and power generation through sewage treatment plant at a cost of Rs 10 crore with spending of Rs 65 crore for its maintenance.

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For area development category, the PMC has estimated an expenditure of Rs 2,445 crore for Aundh-Baner region with a spending of Rs 140 crore for river improvement, Rs 280 crore for smart grid and solar energy projects, Rs 25 crore for smart metering, Rs 90 crore for recycling of water and rainwater harvesting projects, Rs 15 crore for solid waste management, Rs 25 crore for e-governance, Rs 210 crore for establishing network of roads, footpath and cycle tracks, Rs 10 crore for social and economical transformation of slums, Rs 550 crore for parking, BRT, e-rickshaw, electric bus facility and Rs 1,100 crore for maintenance of the newly developed facilities.

If the PMC is selected in first phase as a smart city, it will get Rs 500 crore as seed money for implementing the projects in five years while the state government and PMC would have to give Rs 250 crore each to the special purpose vehicle for implementing the project.

“The rest of the amount would be raised through user charges, tax or cess, loans, public private partnership or other means. However, the formation of SPV is mandatory for implementation of the projects with the civic body delegating some of its powers to SPV,” the summary said.

First published on: 03-12-2015 at 12:27:00 am
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