Indore’s model of development under the Smart Cities Mission was appreciated at a national conference held recently that saw CEOs of 23 smart cities from six states deliberating and sharing their experiences in implementing smart city projects in their respective cities.
Addressing the conference, Sandeep Soni, CEO, Indore Smart City Limited, said: “We have issued tenders worth Rs 800 crore twice for assigning redevelopment of MOG Lines, which is spread around 40 acres. But, no agency was interested. Therefore, changes in the terms and conditions of the tender have been proposed.”
Indore Smart City Limited has done some exemplary work in the widening of roads in old congested areas, taking waste management measures and implementing the resettlement policy. As part of this effort, CP Shekhar Nagar in Indore was converted into a public garden by shifting slum dwellers to high rise apartments in the Gandhi Nagar area.
The redevelopment project will include the construction of residential and commercial complexes with modern amenities to lure agencies to take up work, Soni added.
He was addressing the National Smart City Conclave that was held in Indore. The participants also discussed the challenges they face while implementing development projects under the Smart Cities Mission.
Rahul Kapoor, Director, Smart City Mission, while addressing the conference said, “Every city has a different set of challenges. But, the major challenges that everyone faces are population, limited budget and resources, and difficulty in finding contractors.”