Chennai fast tracks smart city initiatives

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chennai-corporationThe Chennai Corporation has decided to restore eight parks in Thyagaraya Nagar  under the smart city mission and will implement 41 such projects at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,300 crore in the city.

The civic body is expected to start retrofitting of green open spaces in parks such as Natesan Park and Panagal Park under smart city mission.

Parking management system is expected to be implemented. Some projects of the corporation, which are yet to take off owing to restrictions in funding from World Bank, will get funding under the Smart City Mission.

The civic body will also undertake a demo on Thyagaraya Road relating to projects such as Thyagaraya Nagar pedestrian plaza under the smart city mission.

“We have dropped the plan to get World Bank funding for the Pedestrian Plaza in Thyagaraya Nagar. The project will get funds under the Smart City Mission. So we are making changes in the design of the plaza. Buses will be permitted in the pedestrian plaza,” said an official.

The Chennai Corporation will appoint its CEO shortly so that smart cities initiative in the city can be spearheaded.

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