Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited, Government Grants More Power
Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited will now have more office-bearers, including administrators from the culture and tourism department, health and family welfare department and women and child development department. They will mainly assists in executing projects related to the social sector. As the state government has decided to restructure and provide more power to the smart city executing agency here to ensure smooth and timely completion of various projects.
Moreover, the agency will now have complete autonomy in financial matters. Earlier, it required the state government’s approval if it took up any project over Rs 100 crore. But now, it will be able to approve any bigger project in consultation with its office-bearers.
The agency has development commissioner as its chairman, while the Bhubaneswar Development Authority vice-chairman is its managing director and a chief executive officer. Besides, a 16-member board of directors was set up with representatives from various departments and agencies of the state government, along with five independent directors.
The decision to strengthen the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited has been considered mainly to overcome hurdles while executing the projects under the Smart Cities Mission. We have planned many projects from various sectors, which need the support of all kinds of stakeholders. There is also a need to give autonomy to the agency for smooth execution of the projects, said a housing and urban development department official.
The government has also decided to strengthen the executing agency formed to materialise the railway station multi-modal hub at Master Canteen. At present, the development authority is the subsidiary of the project, while in the recent plans, it was decided to add the CEO and chief financial officer of the BSCL as directors in the board of project. It was also decided to expedite release of grants to the agency.
The administration here has planned a number of projects to be executed under the Smart Cities Mission this year, including the rail station hub, smart Janpath, smart traffic signalling system, smart payment card, two multi-level car parking, an artificial lake, four affordable housing projects along Janpath, public bicycle sharing programme, an information portal called BhubaneswarOne, along with other programmes.
However, so far only the traffic signalling system and the BhubaneswarOne portal have seen light of the day. The smart payment card would be introduced by January, along with the public bicycle sharing programme. No other projects have shown any significant progress as yet.
The officials claimed that they were also organising various social sector programmes with the help of United Nation Population Funds, such as creating awareness on social security.
Source Link- https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/odisha/govt-grants-more-power-to-smart-mission-187814