Salt Lake, Haldia under Centre’s ‘Smart City’ Scheme

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Kolkata:The West Bengal State Government has decided to include four municipality areas namely Salt Lake, New Town, Haldia and Durgapur into Central government’s  'Smart City' scheme in which 100 cities across the nation will be developed as smart cities.

State urban development department had sent a proposal to the Union ministry as a request to include this civic bodies in its 'Smart City' plan.  Once included, the state will receive central funds to develop these places as smart cities. These four areas were picked up from 59 municipalities after the Centre said only four municipalities from Bengal would be able to join the 'Smart City' scheme. A state-level high power committee was set up under the chief secretary that also comprised KMC mayor and several administrative department principal secretaries to look into the selection process.

The municipalities were asked to prepare a report describing the civic infrastructure they have now and how much infrastructural facilities they would be able to provide if they were named smart cities.

Based on the reports, the state officials gave marks based on which Salt Lake, New Town, Durgapur and Haldia were selected. "The proposal for including the four municipality areas has been sent to the Centre for consideration," said a senior government official.

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