Friday, 16 December 2016

City may miss Smart City berth: Chandrakant Khaire

The civic amenities in the city are not at par with the facilities in other cities that are in race for the coveted opportunity which may hurt its ranking.



AURANGABAD: Expressing appresions over the city bagging Union governments ambitious smart city scheme, MP Chandrakant Khaire on Saturday said the city is likely to miss the opportunity because of poor civic amenities.
I do not think we could make the cut even in the second attempt. The civic amenities in the city are not at par with the facilities in other cities that are in race for the coveted opportunity which may hurt its ranking, he told TOI on the side lines of the district development coordinating and monitoring committee (DISHA) meeting.
Highlighting civic issues, Khaire said that the pathetic condition of roads, increased number of potholes and aggravated water scarcity are likely to leave a negative impact on the ranking. "We do not have a proper water distribution system, which has led to scarcity. The condition of roads, streetlights and other civic amenities are eqally appaling," he said adding that the city roads are so bad that the high court had to take cognisance of it.
Khaire also alleged that the municipal authorities did not take local MLAs and other political leaders into confidence while preparing the smart city project. "These representatives have been working for the well-being of the city since the past few decades and thus have rich experience in this regard. They could have contributed significantly to the project but the municipal authorities avoided discussing the issue with them," he said.
Interestingly, the civic authorities have invited suggestions and opinions from more than 1.25 lakh people.
The civic body recently submitted a 92-page document to the central government highlighting its vision to change the face of the city. The civic body has highlighted that it would use GPS equipped garbage collection vehicles and dumpsters for effective handling of waste.
However, the municipal authorities are quite optimistic about the project saying that they have prepared a focused and error-free proposal that has brightened the changes of the city getting berth in the second list of ten cities likely to be announced by August 15.