Govt forms panel on smart city mission

Srinagar: Nearly three months after New Delhi approved the smart city mission, the J&K government on Wednesday constituted a state-level High Power Steering Committee (HPSC) for its implementation in the state.
Headed by the Chief Secretary of the state, the 18-member panel has been tasked to prepare and approve online publishing of the Smart City Strategy (SCS) of the state. It will oversee the process of the first stage intra-state competition on the basis of ‘first stage’ criteria to be evolved by the panel.
According to a government order, the panel has also been asked to provide guidance for exchange of ideas pertaining to the Smart City Mission. Besides, it has to review the Smart City plan and send it to the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, as and when it is framed.
Sources said the state government had sent the proposal for four smart cities at Jammu, Katra, Srinagar and Anantnag to New Delhi in January, during Governor’s rule. The state government is learnt to have agreed to the GoI’s proposal of a 75:25 funding pattern, which means that the central government would bear 75 per cent of the total funding.
The key features of Smart Cities, envisaged in various parts of India, include better public transport facilities by reducing traffic on roads and quick accident relief.