The Lucknow Municipal Corporation’s (LMC’s) upgraded version of Smart City proposal has got green signal from the high-power steering committee of the state government, chaired by the Chief Secretary.
The revised proposal is impressive enough to get selected in the fast-track round of Smart Cities, claims LMC, explaining that it is based on a three-tier strategy – new packaging, better participation and convergence with government’s running projects. The cost of the project has increased from Rs 1,600crore to Rs 2,053 crore.
LMC has included three state government projects – Beautification of Gomti riverfront, metro corridor from Amausi Airport to Munshipulia and restoration of Chhatar Manzil to convert it into a living museum. “This time, we made sure that all government departments sign MoUs with us to take care of tasks assigned to them under the project,” P K srivastava, Additional Municipal Commissioner, said.
LMC is hopeful to be selected in second round because of increased people’s participation. Srivastava said that LMC has been able to engage with almost 35% of city’s population on social networking sites and Smart City portals. The revised proposal has to be sent to the Centre by April 21.