Smart city work moving at good pace
The first meeting of the special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up to execute smart city projects was held in the city on Tuesday. Apurva Chandra, principal secretary of the state industries department, said that Aurangabad is well ahead of its counterparts across the state. “I have found that civic officials are maintaining a satisfactory pace of progress to implement various steps planned under the scheme. They have already appointed a project management consultancy and formed a special purpose vehicle,” Chandra said.
The civic body has recently appointed a Singapore-based firm — CH2M — as its project management consultant firm for the smart city project. It will assist the civic body for the next three years to execute various projects. The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will spend Rs 19 crore for the services offered by the consultancy firm. The project management consultancy firm will open an office in the city and deploy a team of 16-17 people for the work.Chandra said the SVP will soon carry out a survey of the city, based on which preliminary master plans will be prepared. “The survey will be done in the next two weeks,” he said.
A civic official recently said the firm will prepare a preliminary master plan for Rs 278 crore to introduce a safe and reliable public transport system. The AMC has proposed to invest Rs 110 crore in the public transport system and Rs 168 crore in an integrated project to develop smart bus stands, streetlights and traffic signal system. Similarly, the firm will also ready a preliminary master plan for the 550-acre land greenfield development scheme. The AMC has identified a plot of land in Chikhalthana to develop it using innovative planning with provisions for affordable housing, especially for poor. The developments would be carried out to address housing needs for the city’s increasing population. Apart from this, the civic body proposed to introduce modern techniques to handle solid waste management system.