Turns out that Nellore has actually gained from being left out of the smart city shortlists from Andhra Pradesh. The city with immense potential that was surprisingly not considered for development as one of the smart cities in India will now get a special attention.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will now hand hold and mentor Nellore as part of the MoU signed between the apex industry body and AP Govt. As part of this arrangement, CII will mentor smart cities that have been identified in the states of Punjab, Maharashtra and AP. Nellore get this privilege.
The smart cities that have been picked for deveopment from Andhra Pradesh as part of the Smart City Challenge were Vizag, Tirupati and Kakinada. These cities were selected by the Union Urban Development Minsitry to compete among the 98 cities that were considered. Out of these, 20 will once again be finalized as the smart cities of India and will be granted a funding of Rs 100 Cr per year towards their development. While the chances are a matter of gamble for the three prime cities of AP that were picked, Nellore gets to see the light at the end of the tunnel nevertheless.
CII will now empower Nellore by raising funding from the private agencies for all its civic projects. Not only that, CII will act as the knowledge partner for the city and charter all the investments coming from the private sectors wisely. The vital mission will however be aiding the city to up the existing services for the 5 lakh citizens residing within the demographics.
A Delhi based agency had recently surveyed Nellore, taking note of the basic amenities that are currently available within the city. Priority areas that were investigated were roads, power supply, water supply and drainage connectivity.
Based on the observations, the local municipality board of Nellore will now have to present reports on the works that are in progress. CII will release the funds based on the same at regular intervals, in order to ensure optimal utilization.