Bhubaneswar Smart city to take up project to improve quality of public open spaces

Bhubaneswar : Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited(BSCL) will receive Rs 79.30 crore grant in phases for Bhubaneswar Active( B-Active) project.

Bhubaneswar’s B-Active (Bhubaneswar-Active) proposal was submitted by BSCL under the theme of Public Open Spaces. It was selected as one of the 12 city proposals under CITIIS Challenge Programme in February 2019 at the Second Apex Smart City CEO’s conference held in Delhi.

The Special Apex Committee for validation of Maturation Phase has approved the Bhubaneswar Active (B-Active) Project of the city under the City Investments to Innovate Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS).

The Special Apex Committee comprised representatives from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), French Development Agency (AFD), European Union (EU) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) was led by Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director (Smart City Mission).

CEO BSCL Sanjay Kumar Singh said “with this approval now BSCL will try to implement all the components of the project with a more structured way in order to achieve the objectives of the B-Active Project.’’

Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the French Development Agency (AFD), European Union (EU), National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) are jointly implementing the CITIIS Programme in the Temple City, Bhubaneswar.

CITIIS Programme is supported by the national PMU at NIUA.

The intention behind B-Active project is to resolve the issues associated with service delivery to improve the quality of public open spaces across 2,470 acres, encompassing parts of the planned area and the Old Town area of Bhubaneswar City.

While addressing the issue of declining levels of physical activity, a Smart Active Living Strategy is proposed to maximize the use of the open spaces for different assets (components) in the city, including Streets, Water, Parks & Open Spaces, Sports & Playgrounds, and Heritage.