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Four years down the line, project remains inexistent, ridden apathy
Nov 2015, when Smart City was promised to Jammu
11/15/2019 11:22:28 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Nov 15: The Jammu and Kashmir administration is rejuvenation the smart city project for JK's twin capitals that was kept in limbo by the past helmsmen with funs worth crores made to lapse sadistically.
A senior official in the UT administration of Jammu and Kashmir told Early Times the central government has censured Jammu and Kashmir administration over keeping the vital smart city project in limbo with funds not being utilised and significant features of the proposal left unattended.
On November 7, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sanctioned a whooping Rs 80K crore package for Jammu and Kashmir's various developmental projects.
Out of the total sanctioned amount, Rs 500 crore each were sanctioned for smart cities in Jammu as well as in Srinagar. However, four years down the line , as per the official documents, not even one percent of the funds have been utilised on ground- reflecting that the smart city promise was a big joke done to the people of the state.
If sources within the government are to be believed, the Smart City proposal was dumped by the government and there were least measures being taken to get the vital project out from the cold storage.
The central government, said official sources, recently sought the status report of the smart city proposal and when the dismal progress was found, the JK administration was censured over the inordinate delay being done so far. "There were political considerations in place in the past. The PDP BJP regime was non- seriousness over making the project a success story and give people all the facilities they deserve in a smart city. Unfortunately, not even a single lane was tuned into a smarter one, leave alone turning a capital in its entirety smart," rues an official who wished not to be named.
However, as per the sources, there are chances that the project will see day's light soon as the government at preset is emphasising upon the good governance at the grass roots while expediting the projects that by the past regime was kept in a limbo without any reason and in spite of the plethora of funds in place.
Pertinently, the then State Government vide Order No.1081-GAD dated August 21, 2017 constituted Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) as Companies Limited by shares named as Jammu Smart City Limited and Srinagar Smart City Limited under the Companies Act, 2013 with authorized share capital of Rs 10 lakh, equity share of Rs 10 each and paid up capital of Rs 10 lakh for both the companies for implementation of smart city development projects.
"There must be injury held over what happened to the promise of the smart city. Why even when four long years have passed no. forward movement has been witnessed vis-a-vis the implementation of the project. The credibility of the new administration will be at stake if it too fails to get the vital projects out from the cold storages," says a senior official within the administration.
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