VELLORE: The corporation of Vellore has decided to spruce up the Vellore fort and its surrounding areas under the Central government’s Smart City Mission to promote tourism and heritage of the city.
Officials in the corporation said they had identified 1,600 acres of land in and around Vellore fort, covering CMC Hospital, district court complex, collectorate, and surrounding areas in 11 wards in the corporation. The total project cost is 934.23 crore under the Smart City benefitting 95,488 people and 7,317 private firms. Of the 934.23 crore, the Central government’s contribution is 467.12 crore. The corporation would also take up development projects at a cost of 133.50 crore under public-private partnership, while development works at a cost of 347 crore would be implemented through inter-departments such as NHAI and State Highway to improve the facilities in the city.
The objective of the project is ‘Model Swachh City’ with improved and responsible service delivery system that promote medical, heritage, education and tourism. “Medical, heritage, education and tourism are the lifeline of the Vellore City. So, we are giving paramount importance to these sectors under the Smart City project,” said corporation engineer T Balasubramanian
The Corporation has devised the development project under two head – Area Based Development (ABD) and Pan-City Initiative. Under ABD, prime areas such as Collectorate, Court and Vellore Old and New Bus Stands have been taken up. These areas will have state-of-art facilities from basic amenities, added the official.
Under Pan-City Initiative, the corporation would assure all the citizen of the City would access to common facilities and get an equal share from water distribution, medical facility and transportation.
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