4 projects to help Tirupati to make it a smart city

Andhra Pradesh government has given legal consent to the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) to start four major smart city development projects a day ago to beat the general election report deadline. In the backdrop of following general elections, Tirupati civic body officials were on tenterhooks, whether the government allows the smart city project work or not. Nevertheless, Municipal Administration principal secretary approved all the smart city projects in one go.

Tirupati was chosen as a smart city along with Visakhapatnam and Kakinada by the Government of India four years ago. Under the smart city projects, the previous commissioners of the municipal corporation made over 30 projects under the smart city programme costing Rs 1,733 crore.

At present District Collector, PS Pradyumna and Commissioner V Vijaya Rama Raju combined all the projects to put on fast-track of implementation. In addition to the efforts of the previous officials, the Collector and Commissioner planned the iconic project of Tirupati – a 5-km elevated corridor from Market Yard to Tirupati Kapila Theertham Nandi Circle at cost of Rs 684 crore.

All the obstacles are removed now for the elevated corridor roll on. As per the official’s intention, permission for this mega project has to get the approval before the announcement of general elections. The civic body will find it difficult to ground the project if it fails to get approval before the poll notification. Though, this threat is over now that the projects have been approved. Most apparently an iconic project of Tirupati elevated corridor works to be started by AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu by the end of February.

The elevated corridor project was thought to over land inheritance issues. The corridor is being planned over the existing 4-lane road of TTD, which goes from Tiruchanuru to Tirumala. The MCT has planned an Rs 24-crore solar park on 20 acres on the outskirts of Tirupati for which the government has given its nod.

The park, which would generate 6-megawatt power, has been given to a Mumbai-based infra company. The MCT is planning a ‘City Operation Centre’ with state-of-the-art devices, including CCTV cameras and monitoring centre. Over 2000 CCTV cameras will help the city government to provide effective services and maintain law and order. The MCT has designated over Rs 288 crore under the smart city funds.

Work order of this project was also published by the state government. Likewise, the robotic multi-level car parking was given got approval by the AP government. With the help of a consultancy agency, the MCT has designed the Rs 14.5-crore parking facility, which provides to the parking needs at the busiest road Annamaiah Air Bypass road.

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