Gurgaon gets task force for integrated development

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Old 15-Sep-2015
Post Gurgaon gets task force for integrated development

Gurgaon may have officially missed the bus for the smart city tag yet the Khattar Government is leaving no stone unturned for the upgrade of the millennium city into a smart city. With that end in mind, the state government has constituted a task force at the state and the city-level for planning the city.
“The Governor of Haryana is pleased to constitute a task force at the state and the city-level to identify gaps in the existing physical and social infrastructure and also to suggest ways and means for upgradation of infrastructure in the Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex,” a notification issued by Arun Gupta, Secretary, Town and Country Planning Department, said.
To be headed by the state Chief Secretary, the task force at the state level will have additional chief secretaries/principal secretaries of the departments of power, town and country planning department, PWD (B&R), transport, urban local bodies, environment, industries and irrigation as members.
The state-level task force will be mandated with monitoring progress of major ongoing infrastructure projects, identification of future major infrastructure projects envisaged for proper implementation of Development Plan-2031 and Sub Regional Plan for Haryana Sub Region of NCR, Identification and finalization of inter-state infrastructure projects and coordination between state and the central government and other neighbouring states, coordination among various departments of state government involved in construction and augmentation of infrastructure projects and framing policy guidelines for timely completion of infrastructure projects.
Meanwhile, the HUDA Administrator, Gurgaon, will head the city-level task force with the Chief Town Planner, HUDA Superintending Engineer, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Commissioner, Gurgaon, Senior Town Planner, HSIIDC, Gurgaon as members.
What are its functions?
The main functions of the city-level task force would include to find gaps and bottlenecks in already identified physical infrastructure projects relating to urban transport, roads, water supply, sewerage, drainage, social infrastructure in education and health and recreational projects, suggest development models for proposed infrastructure to the state-level task force, to prioritise the development works and its phasing, to identify the missing roads and MRTS/RRTS linkages between Gurgaon and other neighbouring towns, including Delhi, to suggest the ways and means to upgrade the overall infrastructure of Gurgaon, Manesar and its adjoining areas.
Politics of smart city
The naming of Karnal and Faridabad, constituencies of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar, respectively, as the smart city had apparently left Gurgaon MP and Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh as fuming. In fact, Rao Inderjit Singh shot off a letter to Khattar on the issue prompting the chief minister to declare that Gurgaon would be developed as the ‘smartest city’. The constitution of the task forces seems to be first step in the direction of the mollifying Rao Inderjit and undertaking integrated development of the city. Recently, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu also declared that Gurgaon still stood a chance to be included in the smart city list.

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