According to a data provided by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ahmedabad has utilised the maximum Smart City funds provided by the Centre.
Out of Rs 196 crore, Ahmedabad has till now used Rs 80.15 crore.
“As far as Ahmedabad is concerned, the focus is on strengthening IT infrastructure especially for developing efficient systems for traffic management, development of new areas and management of heritage,” said J N Singh, Chief Secretary, Gujarat.
“Projects such as intelligent solutions for garbage disposal, traffic management, water supply and public transport, among others are on the cards. We are getting good funds under GOI’s AMRUT scheme and other smart city projects,” said Mukesh Puri, Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Urban Housing Department.
“Gujarat pro-actively started taking projects and forged ahead in implementation . Work is in advanced stages in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot while two recently approved cities of Dahod and Gandhinagar are also taking new projects,” he added.
Centre has already selected 90 Smart Cities, for which Rs 9,863.20 crore has been released.
These 90 cities have utilised Rs 644.77 crore so far.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to buy 100 electric buses — running on fuel cells. These buses will run on the BRTS corridors and mixed-traffic lanes.
Along with the buses, electric auto-rickshaws will also be introduced as feeder services for BRTS, AMTS and upcoming metro rail network in the city.