Port Blair, May 24: The Ministry of Urban Development Govt of India has declared Port Blair city among the list of the 23 cities under Fast Track Smart City Challenge. On this occasion, the Hon’ble Lt. Governor Lt. Gen. (Retd) AK Singh has congratulated the citizens of the city and the Mission Directorate, A&N Administration, PBMC, other line departments for giving shape to the Smart City Proposal of the Port Blair City.
The Lt. Governor has also expressed his gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Union Minister of Urban development for their Vision, Leadership and guidance provided.
Port Blair city had participated in Smart City CHALLENGE under Fast Track city in which 23 cities had taken part from all over the country. Accordingly, the Smart City Proposal of the city was revised to be in line with the demands and desires of the citizens.
Need assessment survey of the citizens through Micro Planning Framework was conducted by PBMC to assess the genuine aspirations of the public. The projects were framed under smart city proposal ensuring that the issues raised by the people are addressed in a “SMART” way. Further the detailed proposal with respective project scope, finances and execution strategy was worked out in consultation with various departments of the administration. The finalised proposal was submitted to the Ministry on 21st May 2016. After rigorous evaluation the proposal was announced successful.
The Ministry will be extending financial support to Port Blair city for execution of various projects proposed under the smart city. This is expected to further match with the funds from some centrally sponsored schemes and PBMC revenues.