Civil society members question NDMC's selection for Smart City

New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) Civil society members have raised questions over selection of New Delhi Municipal Council, which accounts for only 3 per cent of the area and population of the national capital, for the Smart City project claiming that the actual process differed from the prescribed procedure.

Making its cut through a rigorous competition, NDMC area is among the 20 cities which were announced winners of the Central Government's Smart City Challenge last month.

The Delhi Housing Rights Task Force (DHRTF), a collective of individuals and organisations, working to protect and promote human rights of adequate housing, has raised concerns over non availability of any information of other proposals received from Delhi.

The national capital has five municipal bodies-Municipal Corporations of North, South and East Delhi; the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Delhi Cantonment Board.

"No other proposal seems to be considered from Delhi which represents a significant lost opportunity to seek central support in areas that reflect pressing needs of city.

No other information exists in the public domain about why no other proposals were developed," said Shivani Chaudhry, member of DHRTF.

Another member Gautam claimed, "There was no adequate consultation as it was laid out in the prescribed guidelines of the Smart Cities mission. The submitted proposal by NDMC is still not available in public domain".

"While claims have been made of consultative meetings in different areas including JJ clusters and informal settlements, but we visited over 30 informal settlements and could not find a single locality where such a consultation has taken place," he alleged.

Refusing to comment on the DHRTF's concerns, NDMC officials maintained that all due procedures have been followed as laid out in the Smart City project's requirements.




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