The Union Government has selected the Pune Cantonment Area under its Smart Cantonment project, which is a part of the Smart City initiative.
Confirming the developments, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Pune Cantonment Board; said, “The selection was made on the basis of the presentation made to the defence secretary in New Delhi on October 8. The inclusion of the Pune Cantonment area is a boon not only for the residents living in PCB limits, but also the rest of the city as Pune has already been included under the Smart City project.” Had Pune Cantonment area been not included in the initiative, it would have been difficult to implement the initiatives in Pune city, since the Cantonment area is in the heart of the city. Problems like Floor Space Index could have hindered the process of transforming Pune into a Smart City. According to the PCB sources, apart from Pune Cantonment, the Secunderabad Cantonment has also been selected.
According to Kumar, the project will include the same features as mentioned in the Smart City project of the Central government.
He further added, “There are eight to nine key points that are mentioned in the Smart City project and we, too, will be working on similar guidelines. However, the projects will be undertaken in accordance with laws and guidelines governing the Cantonment as it is a different entity. The focus will be on providing better services to residents of PCB limits.This will include provision for wider roads, multi-level parking spaces, cycle tracks, improvement in sanitation levels, better security system, improvement in the hospital infrastructure, construction of foot-over bridges and underpasses wherever required among others.”
Speaking about the funding for the projects, he said, “The PCB is likely to rope in corporates for various projects apart from the funding from the government. The elected members of the board are also planning to meet Pune Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar to coordinate the transformation of the city into a Smart City.”