Surat civic body allocates 150cr for smart city project

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     Surat is one of the top 20 cities to be selected under the central government’s smart city mission. Therefore, Surat Municipal Corporation has made an allocation of Rs150 crore in its draft budget for the financial year 2016-17 for implementation of the smart city plan.

     It will raise Rs369 crore through public-private partnership and another Rs150 crore will be contributed by central and state governments.

     Total cost of the smart city mission project for Surat will be around Rs2,597 crore during a five-year period. There will be area-based development under retrofitting option at the cost of Rs1,802 crore in five years for seven TP schemes, including Anjana, Magob, Umarpada and Parvat. Affordable housing schemes worth Rs700 crore and ICT-based transport and connectivity solutions worth Rs795 crore in five years have also been envisaged.

     ”Projects like Skywalk and SMAC centres will be taken up in the first year itself,” municipal commissioner Milind Torwane said.

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