Out of the 51 Smart City projects that were proposed to be implemented in Andhra Pradesh, nearly 17 have been completed. M Hari Narayanan, Municipal Commissioner, reported that the projects were projected to be implemented at the cost of Rs 1,610.9 crore, and nearly Rs 111.58 crore have been spent to complete these 17 projects.
He further shared, that ten projects worth Rs 314.55 crore are under progress. Among the 51 projects that were to be executed in five years, 25 projects were pan-city and 26 under area-based development (ADB). The various smart city works include proper water supply, sewerage, smart streets, the growth of green space, an underground cabling, shore protection and beach-front development. Under the A.P. Disaster Recovery Project, the beach-front development project is proposed to be done at the cost of Rs 390 crore. The detailed report of the project is under process.
Several initiatives were taken under the programmes such as Swachh Bharat, Swachh Andhra Corporation and Swachh Visakha, which led the city to be declared as open defecation-free. The city also achieved the fifth rank in the Swachh Survekshan in 2016 and emerged as the third cleanest city in 2017. The city has also received national recognition and an award under the ‘Social Aspects’ category for the development of smart and digital classrooms.
P Basanth Kumar, Vice-Chairman, VUDA, addressed the employees to adapt themselves to discharge responsibilities under the expanded Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority. The staff is expected to play a vital role in making the city garbage-free.
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