Visakhapatnam: Detailed Project Reports for three major projects under smart city development are being prepared, according to Commissioner of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Harinarayanan.
The first is part of the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Petro Corridor for which the Asian Development Bank is sanctioning Rs 340 crore. Some of these funds would be utilised to plug leakages in pipes and to effect repairs to pipelines.
The second project is the Rs 500 crore underground drainage scheme to be taken up in the industrial belt of Malkapuram and Gajuwaka under the Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Development Project while the third is the ‘Amrut’ drinking water scheme under which Rs 150 crore would be spent for laying drinking water pipelines.
Also, proposals for various smart city projects for implementing in the area-based development (ABD) would be called shortly. The proposals would include smart schools, 24×7 water supply public toilets, cycling tracks, bus stops and footpaths, he said.
“The GVMC has selected an area of around 1700 sq km for development as part of the smart city project. A meeting of stakeholders of smart schools in the selected area involving local people, teachers and parents will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the advice of the Union Ministry of Urban development, ‘Complete Streets’ with priority to pedestrians would be taken up in the selected area and footpaths would be developed to the best standards. A survey is now going on,” he said. The footpaths on the beach road were the best and that should be the norm for the ABD area, he added.
For the Command and Control Centre, proposed as part of the smart city project as a pan-city project, plans would be released in the first week of December. Harinarayanan said that they were going in the right direction albeit slowly as far as the smart city project was concerned. “But our intention is to deliver the best to the people by taking their views,” he said.
Apart from ABD under the smart city project, importance was being given to all parts of the city, developing core infrastructure, he said, citing the sanction of the project for a non-revenue water project at a cost of Rs 340 crore as part of the development of the Visakhapatnam-Chennai industrial corridor, funded by the ADB.