PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has urged the Union government to include Pune in the list of 100 smart cities.
Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawde on Thursday wrote a letter to the Centre saying that Pune should be included in the list because of multiple traits it possesses. "Pune is among the most unique cities in the country with engines for growth like core industry, defence, education, IT & ITES. And to top it all, it is also the cultural capital of Maharashtra," the letter stated.
It said Pune has a GDP of $50 billion, which is slated to reach to $142 by 2025. "The city is expected to have highest per capita GDP in the country by 2025. The city is spread over 243 sq km with current population of 3.2 million and is looking at unprecedented growth acceleration. And after the merger of fringe villages, the municipal limits will increase to 470 sq km, which will exceed the size of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation."
Government plans to develop 100 smart cities and an allocation of Rs 7,060 crore was proposed in the Union Budget. Smart cities plan, which will have partial funding from the central exchequer, focuses on developing local infrastructure and adopting an inclusive approach while making civic services and governance efficient and transparent using the information and communication technologies.