Smart City Faridabad not delivering
More than three years after Faridabad was selected under the Smart City Mission, only three projects of the total of 46 have been implemented in the city. These include construction of 10 smart toilets, transplantation of trees and construction of an open-air gymnasium in Sector 21B.
After being excluded from the first list of smart cities in 2015, Faridabad made the cut as part of a “fast track” selection process in May the following year along with 12 other cities after the municipal corporation submitted a smart city proposal to the ministry of urban development. It proposed development projects worth Rs 2,600 crore, including a revamp of city’s transport system, smart power meters, solar power and WiFi-enabled public spaces to name a few.
The two flagship projects – a dedicated city-bus service and rejuvenation of Badkal Lake and surrounding areas – included in the smart city proposal have not been implemented, though detailed project reports (DPRs) for the same have been approved. Also, of the total 46 projects proposed, just 17 are in the execution stage, according to data provided by Faridabad Smart City Limited (FSCL).
Of the Rs 400 crore released for the implementation of projects under the scheme, the FSCL — a special purpose vehicle (SPV) constituted for the purpose — has utilised only Rs 62 crore. Another Rs 4 crore has been spent on administrative and other expenses, according to an RTI response by the FSCL in February. more