Manipur State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IL&FS Township and Urban Assets Limited, an non government company and Pricewaterhouse Coopers Pvt Ltd as a project management consultant for implementation of Smart City Project in Imphal at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Tuesday.
The private company will design, develop, manage and implement Smart City Projects under Smart City Mission in Imphal. The project will be completed within three years, official sources said.
The State Government was represented by Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) Department Director Th Harikumar and the private company by its Head-Urban Project (East and North-East) Chandana Roychowdhury.
The MoU was inked in the presence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar, Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu and Secretary (Revenue) T Ranjit.
N Biren Singh said that it has been the dream of every Manipuri to have a Smart City in the State. The project management consultant was selected through a transparent e-tender, he added. The private company had informed the State Government that it would take around six months to prepare a Detailed Project Report of the project worth around Rs 1523, he said and added that he had however requested the company to complete the DPR a bit earlier because the Manipur is a long neglected State.
Stating that signing of the MoU would pave way for opening a new chapter in urban development in the State, N Biren said that the project would include key infrastructure developments like sewerage system, Nambul and Imphal river rejuvenation, development of Kangla, transport service, pollution control and other beautification activities etc.