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Execute Smart City projects expeditiously: LG

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Says aim is to transform Jammu, Srinagar into modern, sustainable, economically vibrant cities

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today called for executing the ambitious Smart City projects in Jammu and Kashmir expeditiously.

Chairing a high level meeting of Administrative Secretaries, experts on Smart City projects and other stakeholders here at Civil Secretariat, the LG stressed on timely completion of the Smart City projects, and passed specific directions to the concerned officers for completion of the projects within the set timelines without any delay.

“The vision behind the ambitious projects is to transform Jammu and Srinagar into modern, sustainable and economically vibrant cities with dedicated focus on improving infrastructure and services, increasing mobility and enhancing the administrative efficiency,” observed the LG.

According to an official press release, the LG called for exploring every possibility to achieve the desired results and asked the concerned officers of Smart City projects in J&K to apply the learning gained from the experience of the officers of Smart City Ahmedabad Development Ltd during the implementation phase for various smart city initiatives.

The Lt Governor stressed upon the necessity of proper inter-departmental coordination and also directed the officers to get a better exposure and understanding of different aspects of Smart City projects.

He also enquired about the measures taken while completing projects by Smart City Ahmedabad Development Ltd and issued directions to the concerned officers for effective implementation of different projects and IT-based smart civic services in Jammu & Kashmir.

He further emphasised the need of undergrounding of overhead utilities all along the proposed Complete Street development project.

Keshav Varma, Chairman, Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Ltd (SRFDCL); Mukesh Kumar, Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation; Nitin Sangwan, CEO, Smart City Ahmedabad Development Ltd and Jagdish Patel, General Manager, Technical, SRFDCL gave their inputs for sharing of knowledge and expertise in implementing various aspects of Smart City projects.

Experts from Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Ltd explained the details and gave suggestions for development of Tawi River Front on the lines of Sabarmati River Front, besides flood control measures to be taken. They also briefed the chair about the challenges and best practices adopted during the development of Sabarmati River Front at Ahmedabad, and drew parallels between the Tawi River Front project.

CEO, Smart City Ahmedabad Development Ltd gave an overview of projects undertaken by SCADL, while CEO, Jammu Smart City Ltd., Sushma Chauhan presented the status of similar projects executed and under execution in Jammu, including Integrated Command and Control Center; upcoming ICCC integrations; smart urban mobility and Intelligent Traffic Management System; City beautification; façade lighting and illumination; efficient green initiatives; solid waste management, etc.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the LG; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the LG; concerned Administrative Secretaries; Divisional Commissioners, Jammu and Kashmir; IGPs Jammu and Kashmir; Deputy Commissioners, Jammu and Srinagar; Commissioners, Jammu and Srinagar Municipal Corporations; VCs JDA and SDA; HoDs; Chief Engineers and other senior officers attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode.

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