The housing and urban affairs ministry was alarmed over ‘unsatisfactory’ progress in smart city projects in Guwahati in Assam, according to an official.
Along with Guwahati, the ministry is also concerned over the ‘unsatisfactory’ progress of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
The ministry official added, on Tuesday, in a review of smart city projects by the ministry, these two cities were flagged as lagging in implementation of projects under the Centre’s Smart City Mission.
The official said that the ministry would approach these cities to find out what was wrong for a speedy implementation
Cities in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were found to be ‘performing well’ under the mission, while those in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra needed to speed up the implementation process, the official said.
Under the Smart City Mission, 90 cities have been selected by the government and each city will get Rs 500 crore as central assistance for implementing various projects.
Reviewing the progress of the Smart City Mission on August 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the challenge before everyone was now to ensure implementation and quick completion of work in these 90 identified cities.