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CM urges centre to include Mayor in Board of Directors of Smart City Limited

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CM urges centre: Due to non-representation of public representatives in the Board of Directors, there is no involvement of smart city projects with the public and obstacles in implementation of schemes on the ground

Baghel writes to Puri, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (Independent Charge)

Raipur, August 17

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in a letter to the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, has urged to include the Mayor in the Board of Directors of Smart City Limited for the successful implementation of the Smart City Mission.

Chief Minister Baghel in his letter conveyed the heartiest greetings of the 74th Independence Day of the country to the Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Puri, and brought his attention towards the implementation of the ambitious plan of the Central Government- Smart City Mission.

CM urges centre: In this letter, he has informed that for the implementation of Smart City Mission in 100 cities selected by the Government of India, a special purpose vehicle, which is registered in the name of Smart City Limited, is being formed. According to the guidelines of the Smart City Mission, only administrative officers have been placed in the Board of Directors of Smart City Limited, but dissatisfaction is being expressed over non-participation of public representatives in the Board of Directors and representation is being demanded.

Chief Minister Baghel has further conveyed in the letter that by the 74th amendment of the Constitution of India, for the purpose of empowering urban bodies, these bodies have been given the place of Government’s third pillar. In urban administration, the mayor and the mayor council have been given wide powers. But in Smart City Limited no role has been given to them. Due to non-representation of public representatives in the Board of Directors, smart city projects are not getting connected with the public and obstacles are being reflected in the implementation of the schemes on the ground.

Keeping in view the above facts, Chief Minister Baghel has requested the Union Minister of State Puri to issue necessary instructions to the concerned for inclusion of the Mayor in the Board of Directors of Smart City Limited.

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