Agartala: The Tripura government has taken numerous initiatives under ‘Smart Cities Mission’ inviting tenders of Rs 211 crore for Agartala city. The projects are likely to be completed within 2020 and works worth Rs 78 lakh have already been completed. Moreover, the government has also undertaken planning for all-round development of municipal councils and Nagar panchayats in Tripura.
Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who is also looking after urban development portfolio, gave this information to a query jointly raised by BJP MLAs Sankar Roy and Sudhangshu Das in this state assembly’s Budget session.
“An expenditure of Rs 113.70 crore is necessary for various planning that were made under ‘Smart Cities Mission’ project for Agartala city-Pan City, Integrated Command and Control Centre where installation of 464 CCTV cameras, 23 Digital signboards, 23 electronic signals, 23 digital information kiosks, 81 red light violation detectors, 45 smart bus stops, 173 GPS-based buses, smart poles in six places, automatic number plate registration at 46 places, laying of optical fibre in 102 km,” Deb said.
“An agency had been given the responsibility for doing these works through transparent tendering process and it had assured that the work is likely to get completed within eight months. After the completion of work, the law-and-order, movement of vehicles, etc, can be controlled for 24 hours through iIntegrated Command and Control Centre system and crimes will also reduce,” he added.
Speaking about area-based development, urban development minister said that the tender has been called for construction of multi-level car parking and business centres in Public Private Partnership (PPP) model at Battala and Old Motorstand areas. In order to give relief to the city people, pedestrians and commuters, installation work of pump and pipelines is going on at Banamalipur, Orient Chowmuhani, Rajbari, Ganraj Chowmuhani, etc areas.
He also said, “Work orders issued for upgradation works of Dimsagar pond, construction of big and small signage, construction of drains and footpath at Bodhjung Chowmuhani, Bhagawan Thakur Chowmuhani and Women’s College areas, construction of five smart toilets, purchasing modern machines to clean up drains. Moreover, e-tendering had been invited for developments of road from fire brigade to Golchakkar, Ranir Pukur, RCC drain from Volcan Club to Harijan Colony, 10 Water ATMs, 8 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant, three ponds of Shibnagar and Tarunsangha Club areas”.
Speaking about the developmental works of other municipal councils and nagar panchayats, chief minister said that there is elaborate plan to upgrade those urban bodies. A sum of Rs 4,000 crore has been taken as loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for construction of drainage system, transmission of electricity, safe drinking water facilities, development of slum areas, construction of black-topped roads, dwelling facilities, water bodies progress, construction of parks and their development, markets, crematory grounds, sports complex, etc.