BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government on Saturday said that it would submit the final project plan to Centre to accord smart city tag to Rourkela by the end of June.
The project proposal envisaged an investment of around Rs.2500 crore. Rs.500 crore is expected from Centre and Rs.2000 crore would be arranged from state government and other sources.
The state level high-powered committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi gave green signal to the project for onward transmission to the Centre.
“We discussed the smart city proposal of Rourkela city. The project would be submitted to the government for onward transmission to Govt of India. Rourkela, this time, would compete with 66 other cities of the country in smart city competition,” said the Chief Secretary.
He said the project would be sent by the end of this month.
The district administration along with Rourkela Municipal Corporation has augmented their trial to develop the city’s physical and social infrastructure to come out successful in national level competition to be held shortly.
Considering various contours of the project, Padhi advised the ULB to focus on the convergence of different schemes and projects at ground level so as to maximise the outcomes.
Rourkela has many striking features to be included in the list of Smart City. It is a prominent eastern Indian city located in the heart of a tribal belt. The proposal envisions transforming Rourkela into a citizen-centric and self-sustainable city with adequate economic, social and political opportunities through a participatory approach.
The Smart City plan has two main components-area based development and pan-city development plans.
The significant projects proposed include riverfront development at Panposh, connected neighbourhood, complete streets, 24×7 water supply, and multi-utility citizen service.
Besides, entrepreneurship development, children and senior citizen friendly civic life, transport complex, development of smart corridor, development of core business and core institutional area would be carried out.