Solar rooftop panels for government buildings, schools, colleges in next phase
LUDHIANA: The MC is going to install rooftop solar panels at all government buildings and educational institutions in the second phase of the Smart City mission. Besides, a heritage walk will be constructed around historical buildings across the city.
A meeting of civic officials was conducted in this regard on Sunday wherein the projects to be included in the final list of total Smart City projects were discussed. Now, the total cost of Smart City projects has reached Rs 1,724 crore.
The Union ministry of urban development has given a September 10 deadline for submitting the final lists. After this, no new project can be included in the list. Earlier, there were 27 projects in the list estimated to cost up to Rs 561 crore.
The first phase of solar panel installation on MC buildings is nearing completion, therefore, it has been suggested that installation at the remaining buildings be taken up as well. Apart from this, eye-catching heritage walk will be constructed to include important building such as Lodhi Fort, Clock Tower, ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev Thapar and markets of the city. Moreover, disaster management services have been made a part of the Smart City mission.
The civic officials have also proposed turning certain thoroughfares into smart roads. These include Mall Road, Rani Jhansi Road, Club Road, Cemetery Road and Ishmeet Singh Road. The development and landscaping of Sidhwan canal front, smart health kiosks, multi-level car parking in Books Market, dedicated cycle track in Focal Point (second phase of project), laser show at Rose Garden, public bike sharing project, water ATMs, all ability parks, vertical gardens, flyover and roundabout beautification and rain water harvesting for government buildings and city area, are all part of the Smart City mission.
Mayor Balkar Sandhu said the meeting was called because they had to take a call on the final list of smart projects as they had to meet the deadline set by the Centre. The officials will now submit the final list to the Central government, Sandhu said.
Meanwhile, Congress MP Ravneet Bittu said, “We are pushing for as many projects as possible because once these projects are included in the Smart City list, there will be no problem during their execution later on.” When asked about pending projects, Bittu said they have asked the officials to increase the pace of work.