Uttarakhand urban development minister pulls up authorities over ‘delays’ in smart city work in Dehradun, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

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DEHRADUN: During a review meeting of the Smart City works on Wednesday, urban development minister Prem Chand Agarwal, pulled up authorities for delays in the project, which was expected to be finished by June 2023, causing inconvenience to the public in the state capital.

Significantly, Dehradun was brought under the Smart City scheme in phase 2 of the project in 2017 with a whopping budget of over Rs 1,400 crore. However, the project has received widespread criticism in the city from the start, mostly because of delays, uncoordinated efforts, and inconvenience to the public arising out of the infrastructural work.

The minister asked the authorities to speed up the work and increase night shifts to complete the projects before monsoon, while also ensuring good quality. “The smart roads work will take another six months at least and the finishing touches can be done only after all other departments (like irrigation or UPJN) finish their work,” said a smart roads official.

Several projects, like the smart roads project (with a budget of Rs 191 crore) and the green building development (Rs 205 crore), are falling behind schedule. Similarly, in the green building project, only the land has been acquired so far and the construction work is yet to begin on the project.

Ashutosh, a trader, said, “Paltan Bazaar was to receive a facade revamp at a cost of nearly Rs 5 crore. Instead, we only have new boards outside the shop which are illegible. The planners have done a horrible job. Tiles have been put up on footpaths, but roads have not been evened and the market has not been decongested. For months some of the other work has been going on even though the deadline was in March.”

As per a source, the integrated drainage system work being carried out by the irrigation department will also miss its deadline along with the construction of stormwater drains, laying down of multi-utility ducts, etc. These projects are located in the centre of the city, which means that traffic congestion and problems for pedestrians will likely continue.

  • Published On May 12, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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