Rourkela Gears up Again to Compete for Smart City Tag

Bhubaneswar: Steel city Rourkela which had missed out the Smart city tag in the previous occasion now gears up again to compete for the second time. The district administration and the local civic body have chalked out a plan in this regard to upgrade the physical and social infrastructure of the city along with waste management and development plans in order to participate in the national level competition and make a place in the second list of smart city projects.

To appraise of the plan, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi chaired a meeting at the State secretariat and reviewed of the ongoing work done in this matter. He also directed the Urban Local Body (ULB) to finalise the upgraded proposal by June 25 reflecting the peoples’ aspiration and community needs.

Briefing media after the meeting, Chief Secretary Padhi said that we discussed about the vision statement of Rourkela Smart City, the project components implementation mechanism, convergence with other ongoing programmes etc. Around 24 inspirational points have been identified. Rourkela Municipality would finalise the draft including all these inputs. The project would be sent to Government of India by the end of this month.

The important components of the smart city project for Rourkela include river front development at Panposh, connected neighbourhood, complete streets, 24×7 water supply, multi-utility citizen service, entrepreneurship development, children and senior citizen friendly civic life, transport complex, development of smart corridor, development of core business and core institutional area, development tribal art and culture, housing and social infrastructure etc.

The meeting was also attended by Secretary Housing & Urban Development Shishir Kumar Ratho, Municipal Commissioner Bhubaneswar Kishan Kumar, Collector, Sundargarh Bhupindra Singh Poonia, ADM, Rourkela Monisha Banerjee, Commissioner Rourkela Municipal Corporation Akshya Kumar Mallick along with project consultants from DFID.

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