Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) is planning to include 3,567 sq km of rural parts of the Nagpur district in the smart city project, making it the largest in the country.
A proposal discussing the same has been submitted to Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) by NMRDA.
Additional chief secretary to the chief minister, Praveen Pardeshi is leading the NSSCDCL. Ramnath Sonawane, the chief executive officer of NSSCDCL had summoned a meeting of the board of directors at the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) head office.
In the meeting, one of the ideas pitched in was to include the NMRDA area in Smart City Project.
"There will be unbalanced development if city areas are transformed under Smart City but those on the periphery are left out. Also, metropolitan areas are supposed to be included in NMC's jurisdiction in a phased manner after development. The main motive is not to get funds under Smart City project for NMRDA area development. Any funds coming for NMRDA are welcome. But we want planning and monitoring of NMRDA under Smart City project," said NMRDA commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar.
Mhaisekar also informed that they will not go for immediate smart solutions. The main focus will be on departments like clean drinking water supply, sanitation, and roads. All these things will be facilitated once the PAN city work under the Smart City project starts.
If all goes as per plan then the estimated cost of the Smart City project will increase to over Rs 43,000 crore with the addition of NMRDA plan of Rs 38,000 crore.
This plan will increase the area from around, 222 sq.km to 3,789 sq.km of NMRDA which will cover 721 villages of nine tehsils of Nagpur district.
The project will increase the city's population to over 35.30 lakh.
Information Source: TOI
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