Himachal Pradesh government takes measures to bring in transparency in smart city project

Himachal Pradesh Urban development minister Sarveen Choudhary said that they had amended the board of directors in the SPV made to implement the smart city project.

The move comes after the state government says that the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh changed the guidelines of central government’s smart city project, being implemented at Dharamshala.

The state government claims that the change of board of directors will bring in transparency into the use of funds and proper implementation of the funds.

The state government has appointed the Chief Secretary as the chairperson of the SPV. Most of the directors in the SPV are based at Shimla while project is being implemented at Dharamshala.

Dharamshala, home to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, was the first town in Himachal to be selected under the Smart City Mission when it edged out state capital Shimla to find place on the first list of 98 cities on August 27, 2015.

So far, only four projects have been completed under the smart mission. These include the water supply project — augmentation and automation at source and plants — and rest are related to online services for citizens.

Smart classrooms have been built in some schools and the work on the project is on in others. The construction of the integrated command and control centre of the smart city is also underway.

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