INDORE: Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL), a day after concluding India Smart City Conclave 2023, has sought guidance and clarification from the ministry of urban affairs regarding its role and responsibility after completing ongoing projects in next six months.
“The five-year tenure of ISCDL has expired in March this year, while one year extension has been given to all the smart cities, including ISCDL to complete the remaining work,” CEO Divyank Singh said.
He added that ISCDL has around Rs 80 crore of funds remaining that will be used to complete more than 30 ongoing projects by March, next year. As a special purpose vehicle (SPV), ISCDL has started offering project management consultancy to different civic bodies to help them take up and successfully implement innovative ideas.
“The Union minister and senior officials have hinted that the second phase of Smart City Mission will be launched by next year, we have also given some suggestions along with seeking some guidance regarding ISCDL’s new role and responsibility after completing the ongoing projects,” he said.
He added ‘digital smart city’ is likely to be the next initiative. “After completing the experimental period, ISCDL, as special purpose vehicle (SPV), has now earned expertise in different fields that should be utilized on larger-scale” he said, adding that therefore, ISCDL has suggested the senior officials concerned to issue a toolkit/guideline as per priorities of the central government and need of the cities in the smart city contest for the participants to follow and avoid any chance of ‘haphazard development’.
“As there is close monitoring at different stages, separate fund, availability of land and some power should be delegated to smart city authorities to help them swift implementation of innovative ideas,” he said, adding that apart from apprising the senior officials, ISCDL is also writing them to get some clearance and guidance to help decide its next phase of working.