High Court seeks clarification from govt on Smart City PIL

Cuttack, Sep 22 (PTI) The Orissa High Court today sought a clarification from the state government on modalities for evaluation of potential civic bodies in the state for consideration for central government-sponsored Smart City project.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice D H Waghela sought the clarification while adjudicating on a PIL which said Cuttack was left out from the list in a discriminatory manner.

The matter has been posted for further hearing on September 28.

President of High Court Bar Association Ashok Mohapatra filed the PIL in his capacity as chairman of Cuttack Smart City Action Committee.

The PIL claimed that Cuttack, being the former capital of Odisha, has been illegally and wrongfully debarred to get the smart city tag by an arbitrary evaluation of its potentialities.

"On the basis of the parameters set to assess the urban local bodies in the state, Cuttack s potentialities have not been properly assessed and it was placed at third position after Bhubaneswar and Rourkela," Mohaptra said and added the union government had invited names of only two cities from Odisha for the purpose.

"The state government recommendation was lacking with fairness, reasonableness and transparency and application of judicial mind for due determination," the PIL alleged.

The Centre has unveiled a list of 96 smart cities in the country, including Bhubaneswar and Rourkela of Odisha. 

 


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