JSCL has already initiated projects worth Rs 440 Crore in Jaipur. To take smart city work forward, we have also completed the tendering process of new projects worth Rs 390. In next three months, projects worth Rs 190 crore will be started. Many projects have begun to take shape as well. Facade development and renewable work at Ajmeri Gate has reached 70%. Sculptures, foundation and illumination at the gate will be done to beautify the heritage area. The work of smart road project in Kishanpole area has been started and change will be visible.
Any project to end parking woes?
Work for two smart multi-level Parking at Anaj Mandi and Jaipuria Hospital has started. Both these parking projects would reduce congestion in respective areas as 300 cars can be accommodated in each parking area. In the Walled City area, JSCL has already issued work orders to construct underground parking in Chaughan stadium. This project would accommodate 400 cars. The estimate cost to construct each parking is Rs 15 crore and work will be completed in one year.
Will JSCL take up the subway project (Jorawar Singh Gate to Ramniwas Bagh) beneath Walled City proposed to decongest vehicular traffic?
This is an ambitious project for our chief minister. The JSCL would make the payment for consultancy of the project. We have invited the bid for the project to prepare the detailed project report (DPR). The company to prepare DPR is expected to be appointed by December 20. Few world renowned companies, who participated in pre-bid, sought time. The DRP will be prepared by April. In future, funding will be done by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). Under the project, two additional tunnels will be constructed for parking. This project will bring city at par with foreign countries.
Projects in near future that would give makeover to heritage and city lakes?
We have floated the tenders to initiate to Talkatora Lake redevelopment project. The work will be awarded within one month. Under the project, pathway across the lake would be developed for the tourists along with musical fountain. The Walled City will also be an amalgamation of smart facilities and religious activities as we have proposed to develop ‘Krishna Circuit’. Nine temples, including the Govind Devji and Gopinathji temples, by spending Rs 5.3 crore on the Krishna Circuit.
Is it difficult to implement smart city projects which are in convergence with other government departments?
I personally feel, one person should hold Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) and (JSCL), chief executive officer’s post. At present, it’s an ideal situation. This is the reason implementation of projects is moving at a rapid pace. Several hurdles and challenges occurs at different stages, including legal tangles. If one person is empowered to take decision, redressal of the problem can be made quickly.
It has been often criticised that projects such as light house and smart city are ornamental. Such projects does not meet basic demands of people.
We are developing two Central parks in Pratap Nagar under AMRUT. Similarly, to beautify and decongest areas near World Trade Park (WTP) and C-scheme, JSCL have designed to cover the Nullahs and develop kiosks over it. Under the smart city many more projects are designed to benefit the residents in future.
Is JSCL receiving financial support from Centre?
For the project, the Centre has provided its share of Rs 196 crore. In future, we would receive more assistance as work would progress. In recent review meeting, the Centre has applauded work, which are being done in Jaipur under smart city.
Source : timesofindia