Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 19:
The Odisha government has plans to propose to the Centre the inclusion of six cities in the Union government’s Smart City programme, informed Pushpendra Singh Deo, Minister, Housing & Urban Development on Monday.
“Apart from Puri, which has been recognized as a heritage city by the Central government, we are proposing five cities: Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur, which have corporations, for inclusion in the Smart City scheme of the Union government,” said Singh Deo speaking to a local television news channel.
The Central government has already announced decsion to develop 100 smart cities across the country.
According to the Smart City scheme, maximum travel time in small and medium size cities from one area to another has to be 30 minutes and 45 minutes in metropolises, round the clock water supply on all days of the week, 24×7 power supply, 100 per cent household with direct water supply connections, 100 per cent households with access to toilets and 100 per cent schools with separate toilets for girls.
Further, cent per cent of the households need to have a telephone connection including mobile, Wi-Fi connectivity to 100 per cent of the city with 100 mbps speed among others.
According to the Centre’s Smart City plans, 100 cities may include nine cities of four million plus population, 35 cities having population between one to four million, 25 cities with 0.2 million to one million population, 17 Union territories or state capitals and 10 cities of tourist, religious and economic importance.