Herald: Nothing SMART in this smart city called PANJIM

Nothing SMART in this smart city called PANJIM

16 May 2019 06:26am IST
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16 May 2019 06:26am IST

Ahead of the Panjim by-polls scheduled on Sunday, the opposition Congress has grabbed the Smart City issue alleging corruption worth hundreds of crores of rupees, as BJP candidate Sidharth Kunkaliencar is a director of Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (IPSCDL). TEAM HERALD takes a look at the works undertaken and those in the pipeline

In April 2016 the Centre selected Panjim for the Smart City project and the State immediately formed a Special Purpose Vehicle. Under the Central government’s Smart City scheme the State would get around Rs 500 cr for various development works.

The plans submitted by the State amounted to Rs 1,750 cr, which means Rs 1,250 cr would have to be met by the State. In the last two and half years, IPSCDL has received Rs 108 cr from the Centre and Rs 80 cr from the State. Besides, another Rs 78 cr have been released by the Centre, which is yet to be credited in the State account. With nearly Rs 200 cr in its kitty, what IPSCDL has done for Panjim remains unsatisfactory. 

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