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Nagpur Municipal Corporation enters race for Smart City project

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NagpurIn a bid to enter the race of Smart City competition, Nagpur Municipal Corporation reportedly made presentation about its initiatives and activities at Mantralaya, Mumbai

Municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar gave the presentation before Chief Secretary Swadhin Khastriya and state-level committee constituted to take a decision.

According to report, the presentation highlighted NMC’s initiatives for e-governance such as grievance redressal, payment gateway, etc, apart from the JNNURM projects completed by the civic body.

NM is hopeful of clearing Stage I of the competition

As per the Operational Guidelines for Smart Cities Mission, states have to nominate the assigned number of cities and towns from each state based on four broad criteria and a total of 13 Sub-criteria. The four broad criteria are: Existing Service Levels in city/town (25 marks out of the total of 100 marks), Institutional Systems and capacities (15 marks), Self-financing (30) and Past track record and reforms(30 marks).

Every State Government has to evaluate all cities/towns in that state based on these criteria and nominate the top performers as per the number assigned to each state. For instance, Uttar Pradesh is entitled to nominate 13 cities/towns for inclusion in Smart Cities Mission and the State Government has to suggest 13 top scoring cities/towns after evaluation of all urban local bodies in the State as per the stipulated criteria.

100 smart city nominations received from all the States and Union Territories will be put through State-2 of the competition based on an elaborate criteria before funds are released to the top 20 cities and towns during the current financial year.

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