Left out of Smart Cities list, Haryana ‘will make Gurgaon super smart city’

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana Government is planning to make Gurgaon a ‘super smart city’ after the city could not find a place in the list of smart cities selected by the Central Government.

The state government is about to constitute a ‘Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA)’ by bringing a Bill in the assembly. “I will make Gurgaon a ‘super smart city’,’” Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Haryana, said while addressing a public rally at Kankrola-Bhangrola village in Badshahpur constituency, recently.

“Gurgaon is already on the path of progress. We are working to connect Manesar with metro rail. Work on three more roads connecting the city with Delhi is already in progress,” Khattar said, adding that the Centre has given an in- principle nod for modernisation of the Gurgaon railway station.

Khattar said that the city doesn’t have any dearth of money, but the sanctioned money is not being used.

“Corruption will not be tolerated at any level. We are working to introduce a social audit system where the fate of the schemes will be decided by the public representatives,” he said.

Rao Narbir Singh, Public Works Department and Forest Minister, Haryana, said that Gurgaon generated highest revenue in the state but got the lowest funds for development. He handed over a list of demands to the chief minister, some of which Khattar agreed to fulfil.

A meeting of the grievances committee was held by the Chief Minister at the mini-secretariat, after the rally, where some angry Gurgaon residents raised questions about the lack of basic amenities such as water and roads in some areas and asked to take actions against errant developers.

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