In Pune, only 20 smart projects completed in 5.5 years

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Remaining projects will get completed by March-April 2023, says Sanjay Kolte, CEO, Smart city

The central government announced the Smart city scheme in 2016 to create world-class infrastructure in various cities. The areas of Aundh and Baner of Pune city were selected in the first phase for development. A total of 58 projects were announced but in the last five and half years, only 20 have been completed.

A total of Rs 890 crore has been received so far for the Smart City project. While 490 crores came from the central government, 245 crores came from the state government, and 220 crores from the Pune Municipal Corporation.

The incomplete projects in the smart city include an open market, fire station, defence theme park, cycle tracks and e-rickshaws. The survey of the Ram river has also not been done.

The PMPML has introduced e-buses. Pune Municipal Corporation and PMPML have completed select works with their own funds. LED screens and fittings have been installed on more than 80,000 poles in the city to save electricity and also prevent environmental damage.

When questioned about the pending projects, Sanjay Kolte, CEO, Smart city said, “Remaining projects of the smart city are in progress. We will complete it by March-April 2023. We are working in collaboration with PMC and PMPML.”

Nividita Kelapure

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