The state government of Madhya Pradesh has decided to improve the infrastructure and aim to make Bhopal, an ideal smart city. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced Rs 15,000 crore investments for the next five years for the development of the city.
Last week CM said “People who come to the state capital get swayed by its beauty. Rs 15,000 crore will be spent on Bhopal’s development in the next five years and a blueprint for this has been drawn.”
The total amount of Rs 22,000 crore will be spent to improve the infrastructure; another Rs 7,000 crore will come as a soft loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to construct the first phase of 83 km metro rail project in Bhopal.
Bhopal is among 20 cities which have been selected by the government of India for the first phase of the smart cities project. As the city has been chosen to develop under the smart cities plan, the government is trying to enhance the greenery of the city and willing to invest in it.
CM has also announced Rs 100 crore for the infrastructure development of the state’s capital. This will be additional support for construction of flyovers at Upper Lake, Lower Lake and Habibganj.
Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) is also heavily betting on enhancement of city infrastructure, in the recently announced budget, BDA has aimed to improve Bhopal traffic system. The city development body proposed to construct two flyovers, one at Lal Ghati and another at Board Office square at MP Nagar.
Out of this Rs 15,000 crore, the government has decided to spend Rs 1,500 crore for the development of Hamidia road and new interstate bus terminal (ISBT) at Old Sabzi Mandi will be built to cater to the new demand. Old Bhopal areas have been ignored for a long period, now this area will be also developed.
Under the Smart Cities Mission scheme, the city will get Rs 200 crore in the first year as central government assistance and the following year it will receive Rs 100 crore each till 2019.
Huge infrastructure activities will be taking place in Bhopal and Indore due to proposed Rs 3 lakh crore economic corridor between Indore and Bhopal. Under this project six small cities will also be developed and existing four lane road will be converted into six lane road. Due to construction between two cities, connectivity, infrastructure, travelling would improve and help in generating employment.
Under the smart city scheme, the authority would invest and work to improve various areas like, better electricity supply, adequate water supply, construction of affordable housing, especially for the poor, better connectivity of information technology, improvement of hospitals, education system, better connectivity of public transportation, better waste management and sanitation system, e-governance and other.
Huge infra activities in Madhya Pradesh are a positive sign for heavy construction equipment manufacturers.
Source: Information in this article has been obtained from PTI, TNN, Supercorridorindore