BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to stake its claim for inclusion into first phase of Smart City programme, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) submitted a self-assessment report to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday.
The report would be first sent to a state-level committee for scrutiny. On July 21, Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati would propose two cities to include in first 20 cities under the Smart City project.
The names of these cities would be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 3. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development had posted the guidelines for smart cities on its website for the civic and urban local bodies to prepare self-assessment reports on how to set up smart cities, sources said.
Officials pointed out that it was primarily the infrastructure build-up in the last five years and citizen-centric services launched by BMC, which were highlighted in the report.
An effective online grievance redressal system, sanitation, drinking water facilities, urban transport and strategies for slum-free city would be prioritised under the Smart City programme.
“The selection committee would look forward to how far citizens have been able to utilise facilities, publication of monthly newsletter, fund and resource management, housing projects, automated street lighting and revenue generation,” a BMC official said.
Sources said the report contains details about corporation meetings, resolutions, sources of revenue generation and expenditure and annual audit report.