Pune: In the recent smart city rankings, declared by the Smart City Mission under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Pune has sunk down from its second rank, attained in 2019, to now, a lowly 28th. On the other side, industrial town Pimpri-Chinchwad has bagged 61st rank.
Meanwhile, Indore, Surat and Ahmedabad are ranked in the top three spots. On the other hand, Nashik has been ranked 15th at the national-level and first in the state while Nagpur is ranked 42nd, with Solapur followed by 43rd, Thane 55th and Aurangabad 66th.
Oppositions parties in Pune city, in no time, blamed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for failing to implement schemes under the Pune smart city initiative. Gopal Tiwari, Congress state spokesperson said, "The BJP has been criticised by the Congress-NCP alliance for the city's decline at the national level during the tenure of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power in the municipal corporation. BJP should accept responsibility for this failure and fulfil the dreams of the smart city shown to the people of Pune.”
"Nothing has been done under the initiative of the Smart City without sidewalk development only. Aundh, Baner, Balewadi were included in the area development. However, these areas are not being able to develop. Under the Congress-NCP rule, Pune was the second-largest city in the country in the Smart City. Currently, the plans have been thwarted and the downgrade has hurt the city's reputation. BJP is responsible for this," he added.
The Smart City mission is a project driven by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.