The Government of India has asked the Jammu and Kashmir Government to create requisite infrastructure, facilities and meet other criteria as per the laid down guidelines before demanding a Smart City under central government's scheme, sources informed Greater Kashmir.
They further informed, "As of now, it has not been decided that which city, if any, will be developed as Smart City in JK under the project launched by the Government of India a few days back".
"It will be decided after the state creates requisite infrastructure, facilities and meets other criteria as per the guidelines laid down by the central government. The names under consideration- Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag and Katra – will have to compete among each other in terms of fulfilling the guidelines and creating requisite infrastructure and other facilities".
The final call among these will be then taken accordingly, they said. Commissioner Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Vipul Pathak, when contacted, said that the central government has not conveyed to the state which city in the state, if any, will be developed as Smart City under the central government's project.
"First the guidelines and criteria as laid down by the central government has to be fulfilled, and accordingly, the requisite infrastructure and facilities will have to be created", he said.
"For this, there will be tough competition among the probable names for qualifying as Smart City", Pathak said.
As pert the guidelines, adequate water supply, round the clock electricity supply, sanitation including solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, affordable housing especially for the poor, robust IT connectivity and digitalization, good governance especially e-Governance and citizen participation, sustainable environment, safety and security of citizens particularly women, children and the elderly, health and education etc. are the salient features of Smart City.