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Covid-19 pandemic affects smart city projects

COVID-19 pandemic related lockdowns and other unprecedented situations have led to temporary interruptions in execution of Smart City works across the country. This was disclosed by Shri Kaushal Kishore, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

However, most of the Smart Cities have commenced works after un-lockdown and are trying their best to make up for the time lost due to such unprecedented and unforeseen circumstances, the Minister said in his reply.

Out of 1,794 projects worth Rs 57,124 crore that were part of the Smart City Plans of Smart Cities selected in Round-1, 1,667 projects (93%) worth Rs 45,374 crore (79%) have either been completed or are under implementation. According to the Minister , all efforts are being made for timely completion of projects undertaken in these cities.

As of June 30, 2021, the 100 Smart Cities have tendered out 5,956 projects worth Rs 1,79,413 crore, out of which work orders for 5,314 projects worth Rs 1,48,029 crore have been issued and 2,734 projects worth Rs 46,769 crore have been completed. The Central Government has released Rs 23,925 crore to States/Union Territories for its Smart Cities, of which Rs 20,410.14 crore (85%) has been utilized by them.

The Minister also said that the SCM is implementing projects in diverse areas such as mobility, built environment, non-motorized and public transport, water and wastewater, renewable energy, solid waste management, affordable housing, safety and security of citizens, health and education.

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