शनिवार, 8 जुलाई 2017

Smart City in Bhubaneswar for Corporate Interest

Promotion of Corporate interest and their Consultancy agency in the name of Smart City by State Govt.

To promote and carry out smart city programme in Bhubaneswar, Nabin Patnaik Govt.  is going to evict 24 slums   in different  regions of Bhubaneswar. Though the State Government has developed their plan to hand over these lands located in prime locations of the city to the corporate houses, but no effective step has been taken for permanent rehabilitation of Slum-dwellers   prior to eviction. The eight-storeyed flats  which are under construction  under Rajiv Awas Yojana renamed  as Pradhanmantri Awas Yojana  meant for  allotment to Slum-dwellers  has been rejected  by slum people who have demanded land patta  rather than one-room house in the flat.

RTI was filed to PIO, office of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited , BMC-Bhawani Mall, Saheed Nagar, Bhubaneswar  seeking information about  agencies  involved  as consultant,  fund allotted to them etc.  On 28.6.17, the PIO has provided the following information.

Name of Consultancy agency
 Allotment of project work
Cost ( In Rs.)
M/s EGIS India Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd.
PgMC of Smart City ( ABD) project
48 months
M/s IBI Consultancy India Pvt. Ltd. 
PgMC of Smart City ( pancity) Project
48 months

 The general  impression given by both Central Govt. and State Govt.  that Smart City  is  to meet need and aspiration of the  people.  In practice, this is wrong. It is programme with public fund  to  meet  the interest of the corporate house at the cost of slum-dwellers, poor  and the common people.  A few educated urbanites, middle  class family will get benefitted. That’s why  huge fund is allotted to corporate house and their  consultancy  agencies.

We will unearth more bitter truth   about Smart City very soon.

Pradip Pradhan

Date- 7.7.17    

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