The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) has, finally, showed green signal to the much-talked-about Smart City project with a few additional conditions.
The decision was taken in a board meeting in Dehradun where several other issues such as the annual budget, cleanliness campaigns, anti-encroachment and anti-hoarding drives and rebate on commercial tax were also discussed.
“The main objective is to include core areas like Parade Ground and Gandhi Park in the retrofitting project. In the last discussion, the nodal agency was asked to include these localities in the already chosen areas,” Vinod Chamoli, Mayor, said. “DMC is an important stakeholder in the smart city project and that’s why we examined the proposal before giving it a go ahead,” he added.
“We have decided to increase the deadline for payment of commercial tax by a month. People paying taxes during this period will be given a rebate of 20 per cent,” he said while elaborating about various other issues discussed in the meeting.
“The meeting focussed to work for the betterment of the city. Many important decisions like making a committee to ensure that no illegal hoardings are put up in the city, were taken,” Ajay Singhal, Councillor, Jhanda Colony, said. “Also, the rental policy for the shops in Nagar Nigam complexes was revised. From now, priority will be given to the citizens of Uttarakhand,” he added.
DMC’s anti-encroachment, anti-hoarding and cleanliness drives in the city will be operational in April, May and June.
The corporation also approved a revised budget for 2015-16 and a decision on installation of mobile towers in various locations, after prior consent of the respective councillors, was taken. Privatization of door-to-door waste collection as well as its transportation was also sanctioned.