Jaipur : Pink City is now a step closer to being a smart city, with the Centre releasing Rs 186 crore allocated to it under the Smart City Mission. The amount assigned for Udaipur under the scheme (Rs 159.20 crore) has also been released. It was in January this year that the central government set the ball rolling on its Smart Cities plan by announcing the first list of 20 cities, which included two from the state Jaipur and Udaipur.

“The funds were sanctioned on March 31. We are about to get the money and would initiate work under the Smart City Mission soon, said local self-government departments principal secretary Manjit Singh. The meeting of the board ofdirectors of Jaipur Smart Mission Limited, which is the special purpose vehicle (SPV) for taking forward the smart city proposal, is scheduled for April 6 at JMC headquarters. Issues like appointment of a chief executive officer (CEO) for the SPV will be discussed at the meeting.

The SPV has been registered under the Companies Act, 2013. It has a 10-member board of directors that includes Jaipur mayor Nirmal Nahata, Jaipur development commissioner (JDC) Shikhar Agarwal, Jaipur collector Krishna Kunal and JMC CEO Ashutosh Pednekar, among others.

“The chairman of the board is Manjit Singh. The chief executive officer (CEO) will be appointed from outside. This issue will be discussed at the boards first meeting, said the official. The CEO will be supervising and managing day-to-day operations of the SPV. The person would also help the board in overseeing the implementation of the SPVs long- and short-term plans.

Source : Economic Times