Pune: Sixteen months have elapsed since the formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle for executing the Smart City project, but the Smart City Advisory Forum (SCAF), consisting of citizens’ representatives, has not been formed.
Pune District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat has directed the Smart City Development Corporation to form a SCAF with immediate effect. The Special Purpose Vehicle was formed for the implementation of this project in June 2016.
Citizen groups have submitted a memorandum to Bapat demanding a stop of wasteful expenditure on Smart City projects.
The citizen groups said SCAF has not yet been been formed. SCAF is mandated as per the Smart City guidelines. As per clause 13.3, SCAF will enable citizens’ participation and should empower them for the democratic selection of projects which meet the requirements and demands of all sections of society.
The forum can demand publishing of ‘Detailed Project Reports - DPRs’ and can seek suggestions and objections from citizens on the same. They should hold public meetings on a regular basis where decisions on projects should be taken by citizens. Bapat recently remarked, “Delay in formation of SCAF is not acceptable in the Smart City mission. Although there must be some reasons for not forming SCAF, it should not be delayed further.”
Bapat recently took a review of the progress of Smart City projects. City MP Anil Shirole said he is going to follow up the issue of formation of SCAF with the Smart City Development Corporation ands its Chief Executive Officer Rajendra Jagtap.
As per guidelines, SCAF should comprise District Collector, MPS, MLAs, Mayor, CEO of Smart City Project, experts, representatives of NGOs, representatives of women’s organisations, representatives of slums, representatives of chamber of commerce and representatives of resident welfare associations.