The Deputy Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation and CPI (M) leader Mr. Tekinder Singh Panwar today hailed the decision of NDA Government to include Shimla town in the national flagship program Smart City project on the intervention of civic body which was pressing on issue along with Dharamshala.
We hail the decision to keep two townships of this hill state in the Smart City project as the Centre announced to develop Shimla town as fast track city along with six others urban bodies in the country, Mr. Panwer said in a press conference today.
After including of Shimla under this five years national flagship program our stand was vindicated by the Centre Government after adding Shimla among the seven fast track smart city project, he said. Shimla MC which has prepared its own City Mobility plan, City Development plant and City resilience index want to have say in the smart city project so that elected civic bodies may have say in the development of townships under the project.
We would convene a meeting of Mayor councils of India to decided about the stand would be taken by civic bodies on the mode of development as the most of townships have their own city development model owing to their typical topography or sustaining natural resources.
It would be best in the interests of townships that the involvement of people and the elected representatives is made essential as the mode of development under this program should not be imposed upon them to help the corporates on the analogy of other townships.
The Shimla MC would play a important role to spend the money being invested under the Smart City project. There is difference on this project even among the mayor of BJP ruled township as they were against the project on the given modalities should be city centric rather than one size fit for all. The MC welcomes the decisions as it would be provide additional funds to the Shimla town beside its own limited resources.