The moment had indeed arrived. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu officially gave a go ahead sign to the kick off on Vizag smart city project. The CM was in a video conference with the Prime Minister, while launching the Vizag Smart City Project as part of the Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India.
Visakhapatnam is one of the prime cities in India that has been shortlisted to be developed as smart cities. Expectations bank high on this project, which accounts to a sum total investment of 2,900 Cr rupees that have been allotted to the development of the finalized 20 cities. This is for the first phase alone, undertaken as part of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
Chief ministers of several states; Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Naveen Patnaik (Odisha) and Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) made their presentation to the Prime Minister through video-conference as Vizag went live along with the rest.
The conferencing was hosted by Greater Visakhapatnam Muncipal Corporation (GVMC) chief facility. CM landed at the Vizag airport on Saturday afternoon and drove straight to the GVMC office to take part in the event.
Coming to Vizag, CM had confirmed that city would be developed with an investment of `1,600 crore under the smart city program in the next four years, in a phased manner.
GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar also gave a presentation about the proposed smart city works and the factors that would be considered in the phase-1 of operations. Several citizen-centric services are planned to be provided under the project and will be linked up with a command control room to focus on the digitization of services.
Pictures from the event