Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow
To transform the state’s urban landscape, Uttar Pradesh government will invest more than Rs 10,000 crore in the flagship Smart City Mission.
The purse will be contributed jointly by the central and state government in a slew of ongoing and proposed projects spanning different domains.
The Centre and UP have collaborated for 542 projects worth Rs 10,124 crore. Out of these, 343 projects worth Rs 4,757 crore have already been completed while work is progressing on the remaining batch of 199 projects.
At a cost of Rs 2,000 crore, the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) and Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) is planned to be activated in 10 cities viz. Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Moradabad, Prayagraj, Saharanpur and Varanasi.
Sustained efforts in the areas of water supply, power supply, sewerage, solid waste management, cleanliness, transport, roads, street lights, IT, connectivity, digitization, e-governance and environment have transformed major cities. Agra and Varanasi are counted among the top 10 cleanest cities in India.
The ICCC technology, which proved its usefulness in the Prayagraj Kumbh of 2019 and later during the pandemic, is now being deployed in other cities. The monitoring of cities has become easier with the help of high-definition cameras.
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Besides, the Yogi Adityanath government has activated cloud-based Smart City Central Digital Monitoring System at a cost of Rs 28 crore as a pan-UP monitoring platform.