Lack of coordination delaying Smart City project, complains LMC to Divisional Commissioner
While reviewing the progress of smart city project in Lucknow on April 21, the divisional commissioner found that most of the project is pending because of lack of coordination between various government departments. He ordered departments like Traffic Police, Jal Sansthan, Jal Nigam, LDA, Lucknow Metro, City Transport etc to submit DPRs of important key projects in their departments to the smart city consultant on priority so that they can be merged with the plan. The commissioner has also ordered departments to form a Watsapp group to remain connected on a common platform and discuss issues pertaining to smart city execution on a regular basis.
LMC which is the nodal agency for project apprised commissioner that it has been asking for maps and details about areas covered under Kaiserbagh from LDA for long but the authority has failed to provide so.Kaiserbagh and surrounding areas have been selected by LMC to be developed as smart city model, hence it is seeking location details and maps from LDA about famous vegetable, fruit and Marris markets on Latouche Road of Kaiserbagh. The commissioner ordered Tehsildars and Lekhpals of both LDA and LMC to jointly work on report and submit all details to the consultant soon.
The electricity department apprised the commissioner that it has prepared the DPR worth Rs 215 crore for shifting transformers from road and laying underground cables in Kaiserbagh area. Jal Nigam also said that their DPR for sewerage system worth Rs 312 crore and for water supply worth Rs 43 crore is ready and submitted to the government for approval. The commissioner said that agencies should submit all these details with the consultant to prepare smart city plan soon.LMC has also proposed making common mobility nodes across Lucknow for parking of public transport vehicles other than buses. Additional municipal commissioner PK Srivastava said that these designated places for parking of autos, rickshaws will provide convenient last mile connectivity to passengers coming from metro or bus and will also help smoothen traffic flow. LMC has sought details about important bus routes, stoppage points, locations and maps indicating routes from the city transport department to begin work on DPR soon.