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French firm, Egis International, to execute Chandigarh smart city project

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Nine months after the Union urban development ministry shortlisted Chandigarh for the smart city project, the board of directors of the special purpose vehicle (SPV) in a meeting on Thursday finalised a French company as the project management consultant after having dilly-dallied on taking a decision on this. The company, Egis International, which has its India office in Gurgaon, Haryana, will be given allotment letter by April 15, officials said. The special purpose vehicle (SPV), a joint venture between the UT administration and the local municipal corporation, was to rope in the consultant to prepare estimate of the project and execute it .

The special purpose vehicle was formed a month after the city was shortlisted for the project in June 2016. The firm (Egis International), which specialises in transport engineering and urban development besides providing economic and institutional advice, claims to have offered services in more than 100 countries.

TO TAKE UP WORK IN 6 SECTORS IN 1ST PHASE

In the first phase, the consultant will take up as special cases under the area-based development (ABD) plan of Sectors 16, 17, 19, 22, 35 and 43. It will focus on smart parking, 24×7 water supply, smart metering for electricity and water connection, bicycle tracks, disabled-friendly sidewalks besides developing parks and installing street lights. Smart city project chief executive officer (CEO) and MC commissioner B Purushartha said, “We are hopeful of allotting the work to the consultant by April 15. Once this is done, the consultant will start working on the project.” The board also approved to upgrade all five sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Rs 500 crore under the project.

While Chandigarh was supposed to get Rs 200 crore central grant in the first year, it received only Rs 71 crore. In the first year, the SPV was to spend Rs 400 crore, of which Rs 200 crore was to be received from the Centre while the rest was to be contributed by the UT administration, which they have failed to deposit. Departments such as engineering, urban planning, estate office, tourism besides Government Museum will be roped in to the execute the project. Chandigarh is lagging behind cities like Ludhiana, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Mysuru and Bhopal which have started work as part of the project.

90% OF TOTAL Rs 5,600 TO BE SPENT ON SECTOR 43

The administration plans to spend 90% of a total of ₹5,600 crore on Sector 43 alone. An exhibition centre, a convention centre, an iconic arena, an art museum/ and gallery, hotels and services apartments, office space for incubation and skill development centre, integrated broadway, food, beverage and entrainment district, affordable housing, a hostel facility and a children playground will be developed in the sector following environmental norms.They will also give thrust on an efficient use of vacant or underutilised land in Sector 43 to create a district for innovation and employment generation over a period of five years.

The key thrust area for using vacant/ under-utilised land available in this area would be on the following : A compact and mixed-use development facility will be developed on 71 acres of vacant or under-utilised land adjacent to the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) and the district courts complex. The executing agency will also create open spaces — a car free zone — having street cafes and market.

Source:HT
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