Nagpur must not lose original identity while developing it as ‘Smart City,’ says Mayor

The stake-holder (NMC) and French Development Agency hold a workshop on revised proposal to be submitted for development of Nagpur as ‘Smart City.’

Smart City Workshop at Mayor photo 31 May 2016 (2)
“The earlier proposal submitted by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for developing Nagpur as ‘Smart City’ was good. However, there were some shortcomings as per certain standards and criteria laid down by the Central Government leading to non-inclusion of Nagpur in the list of ‘Smart Cities.’ Now, the shortcomings are being removed. Moreover, even though the NMC and NIT are the development agencies or authorities, the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that is being set up will have more representation of People’s Representatives as well as others.

Therefore, the fresh proposal will be all inclusive. At the same time, efforts will be made to ensure that while developing Nagpur as Smart City the original identity of the city will be maintained,” Mayor Pravin Datke asserted. He was addressing a one-day workshop organised by the stake-holder (NMC) and a team of French Development Agency (AFD). The AFD team was camping in the city for preparing the fresh proposal for ‘Smart City’ as part of an MoU signed between the French Development Agency and Central Government for developing Nagpur, Chandigarh and Puducherry as Smart Cities.


Others who were seated on the dais include Deputy Mayor Satish Holay, Ruling Party Leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Deputy Director of French Development Agency Clement Forchi, Leon Urban Planning Agency’s Town Planner Sebestian Roland and Patrick Berger.

Smart City Workshop at Mayor photo 31 May 2016 (1)
Municipal Commissioner Hardikar, explaining the objective of the workshop, presented a power-point presentation and drew attention towards the fresh proposal. A discussion was also held on retrofitting, redevelopment, greenfields, format of Smart City report, pros and cons, etc. On the other hand, the French team presented a power-point presentation through which it proposed development of lands in Pardi, Bhavani Nagar, cleanliness of Nag Nadi and proposal on cleansing of rivers etc.

The second proposal on the Smart City has to be submitted to the Central Government by the end on June month.