Both Srinagar, Jammu eligible to be smart cities: CS-led panel

Both Srinagar, Jammu eligible to be smart cities: CS-led panel

SRINAGAR: The state may send proposals to New Delhi for development of both Srinagar and Jammu as smart cities, the government hinted Wednesday.
While Jammu and Kashmir has been asked to nominate only one city for development as the smart city, the recently-constituted State Level High Power Steering Committee (HPSC), headed by Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey, Wednesday observed that the both Srinagar and Jammu—the twin capitals of the state—fulfill the ‘broad contours’ of the Smart City Mission.
The 18-member panel discussed the proposals submitted by the respective Municipal Corporations of Srinagar and Jammu for developing these two cities as Smart Cities.
“Jammu and Kashmir has the distinction of being the only state in the country having two capitals—Srinagar and Jammu, both of which fulfill the broad contours of the Project,” the panel said, underling that the twin cities together not only accommodate more than 50 per cent of the state’s urban population but also absorb huge floating population which visits the state for tourism and pilgrimage.
“The state government shall be sending the proposals to the Union Government shortly for its final approval,” an official handout issued after the meeting said, without elaborating on the details.
The Smart City Mission was recently launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Under the programme, New Delhi would provide Rs 100 crore for development of each of the 100 select cities across India.
The programme is aimed at improving the urban infrastructure and to introduce smart solutions in various walks of urban governance, including e-governance and citizen services, waste, water and energy management and urban mobility.
The HPSC, formed on July 29 to identify the city that can be nominated for the project, was tasked 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.
The Government had initially proposed Jammu, Srinagar, Katra and Anantnag for the Smart Cities.
However, during allocation of 100 Smart Cities, the Union Ministry for Housing and Urban Development Department, which is nodal agency for implementation of the Mission, allocated only one Smart City to the state as against 13 to Uttar Pradesh, 12 to Tamil Nadu and 10 to Maharashtra.

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