(PTI) NEW DELHI: Mounting a scathing attack on the Urban Development Ministryfor delay in finalisation of Smart City and National Urban Rejuvenation Mission projects, a parliamentary panel has asked the ministry to stop "adhocism" and firm up the plans in a time-bound manner.
The Standing Committee on Urban Development, headed by BJD MP Pinaki Misra, in its report submitted in Parliament today said it is constrained to note that JNNURM has finally come to an end on March 19, 2015 and the mission components of Smart City and National Urban Rejuvenation Mission are yet to be finalised by the government.
The committee is of the view that this is a futuristic programme so far as urban development planing is concerned. "Therefore, delay in finalising this mission will give way to adhocism in the urban planning process," it said.
The committee asked the ministry to finalise the components and list of 100 smart cities within three months of the presentation of this report.
"At this pace the committee is of the opinion that long term futuristic plans for urban development was still a distant dream. Therefore, it wished to recommend the government to finalise the mission component in a time bound manner to stop adhocism," the report said.
Therefore, it wished to recommend the government to finalise the mission component in a time bound manner to stop adhocism," the report said.
The committee note that to handle large-scale urbanisation in India and finding new ways to manage complexity, increase efficiency reduce expenses and improve quality of life, the government has initiated a new scheme in 2014-15 to promote 100 smart cities.
However, the committee is distressed to note that even after passing of seven months of announcement of this mission on August 2014, the mission components and the list of smart cities are yet to be finalised.
The committee is of the view that the need of the hour is to strengthen the urban local bodies by enhancing the budgetary allocation of the Urban Development Ministry at revised estimate stage.