UD Minister calls on Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs

Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj called on Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri at New Delhi today.

Suresh Bhardwaj requested the Union Minister to provide extension to Smart City Mission upto 30th September, 2022 to enable the state to award all works.  He said that the state will complete awarding all the works by March, 2022 and added that some projects needed clearances under FCA which caused the delay.

He further requested to consider to fund Himachal Pradesh on 90:10 pattern under Smart City Project as it faces several challenges being a hill state. He said that state is not in a position to contribute thousand crores for both cities Shimla and Dharamshala under Smart City Mission. He added that Himachal is getting funds on 90:10 pattern under various GoI Schemes like AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission, NULM, PMAY-HFA (U).

He also urged for enhancement of allocation under AMRUT 2.0 and thanked the GoI for covering all the 68 ULBs and Cantonment Boards alongwith Shimla and Kullu towns.

The Union Minister listened the demands and assured of all possible assistance.

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