New Delhi, Mar 27 : Terming the 'Smart cities' project, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a 'flop,' the Congress on Wednesday said that only seven per cent of funds have been allocated so far for the project.
Addressing reporters here, AICC Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, 'Prime Minister Narendra Modi's project to build 100 smart cities is a flop. Only seven per cent of the funds have been allocated to the Rs two lakh crore project. What is shocking is that going by the rate at which the project is progressing, nearly 52 years will be needed to complete the project.'
He said that only 8.6 per cent of money has been allocated for Varanasi, which was proposed to be turned into Kyoto under the project. 'The Smart city mission of PM has completely collapsed in five years. Modiji's promise to create 100 smart cities has turned out to be a 'hollow' one.
'Out of the Rs 2,03,172 crore promised for the project to create 100 smart cities, only Rs 14, 882 crore, which is, seven per cent has been allocated, as per an RTI reply. What is worse, the Modi government is not even aware of the present status of the project,' he said.
Referring to Kashi, Mr Surjewala said that as against Rs 2267 cr required for the building of the smart city, only 8.63 per cent has been allocated.
In fact, 10 of the smart cities were allocated only Rs two crore each in the last five years. The Union territory of Chandigarh got just 4 per cent of the promised Rs 6800 crore.
Shillong, Dindigul, Amravati, Greater Mumbai, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Rae Bareli, Rampur, Durgapur and Haldia (West Bengal) got just Rs two crore each. The smart city of Delhi got just six per cent of Rs 2,998 crore. 'The reality is that Smart cities is another of the 'jumlas' of PM Modi,' he said. (UNI)