Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana CM on saturday said the state government would develop two smart cities in Haryana if they fulfil the parameters set by the Centre. One of them is likely to be Gurgaon. “On the basis of population, two smart cities will be developed in Haryana for which parameters have been set and a survey will be conducted in this regard by July 21,” Khattar said in Rohtak.
The parameters for smart cities include infrastructure, education, medical facilities, electricity and water, he said. Sources said Gurgaon and Faridabad are in the running for the state`s nomination for the India Smart Cities Challenge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Thursday. The challenge is for 100 cities across the country to compete for government funding for the smart city project.
However, the pressing problem of insufficient water and power supply can be a real test for the city, the official said. “Water shortage and erratic power cuts among other infrastructural developments require about Rs 500 crore to be solved. Where will we get the funds from?” he said. The civic body of Gurgaon is planning a round-the-clock water supply scheme. The city bus service and other transportation plans are being improved. As for power supply, the Power Grid Corporation of India and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam have started work on a plan to provide 24-hour power supply on the public-private partnership model.