Smart CityGhaziabad Municipal Corporation and the consultant firm to it have given out a new smart city proposal for Ghaziabad worth Rs.2200 crore.

This proposal will have to be submitted to the Central Government for the next step of ‘Smart City’ scheme by latest 31st march.

Initially, this proposal will be prepared and submitted to the nodal agency of Uttar Pradesh, Regional Center for Urban and Environmental Study. After it is approved from there, the proposal will be analyzed and scrutinized by a high-power committee. After modifications, if any required, the proposal will be sent to the Central Government. Ghaziabad will be participating in the Smart City competition for the third time.

The areas which will be included in the area based development plan will be Vasundhra, Vaishali, vegetable market of Sahibabad and various portions of Site-4 Industrial area. These areas will witness various developments like underground parking, underground cabling, unloading facilities for trucks, etc.

The previous plan has been modified by the Ghaziabad municipal corporation and the new plan will have meticulous traffic system and camera surveillance. Apart from this, cycle lanes, facilities for e-bicycles and organized footpaths are part of this new proposal.

Ghaziabad, a long-lived city, has some areas which are very old and therefore hold heritage significance. The officials had planned to redevelop those old areas but later, the plan was cancelled and instead, areas of Vaishali and Vasundhra were included.

Under this competition of Smart City, various cities will be analyzed and assessed on important factors. The ones which get selected after the review will be granted funds for development. Unfortunately, Ghaziabad was not able to clear the previous two rounds with its proposal.

From the state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra, Varanasi and Kanpur are the only cities which have been selected among the 27 cities to receive funds under the plan.