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Lucknow municipality to hold first board meet with Smart City Consultant

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After appointment of project management consultant of Lucknow Smart City project, Lucknow Municipal Corporation will hold its first ever board meeting with the anointed consultant in March end to decide on the steps to be taken for the project. This will be the third board meeting of LMC for Smart city but first one with the consultant. LMC has to set action plan for next 3 years under Smart City ad also allocate initial budget for every project. Centre has recently released funds worth about Rs 66.20 crore which has been credited into LMC’s account while state’s share of Rs 66.20 crore has also been released and would reach LMC’s account this week.

Though overall plan is ready but now the consultant has to prepare individual projects for each work identified under Smart City. Additional municipal commissioner, PK Srivastava said, “We have to begin retrofitting work in Kaiserbagh area on massive scale this year. This includes facilities like installation solar panels, rain water harvesting projects, uninterrupted water supply, sewer connection to every house in Kaiserbagh area.” LMC has identified about 813 acre area in and around Kaiserbagh to showcase developments planed under Smart City.

This will have smart solutions for every issue- installing smart bins that send information about fill-level of container and optimized routes directly to the driver, metered supply to ensure uninterrupted water and checking leakages, smart bus shelters to detect exact arrival time and present location of buses etc.To conserve energy, LMC will also ensure provision of solar panels and rain water harvesting projects in every house of Kaiserbagh. Smart City project was launched in 2015 under which 100 cities have been selected to upgrade their civic facilities and standard of living. Each city has to plan development spanning over 5 years at a cost of Rs 2000 crore. While Centre and state will pay Rs 500 crore each, the local body has to arrange for rest Rs 1000 crore through innovating funding, public private partnership, loan, convergence with other schemes.

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