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Forum to review progress of Trichy’s smart city projects

Trichy: The Trichy district administration has constituted a city-level smart city advisory forum (CLAF), comprising elected representatives and experts to review the progress of smart city projects and submit suggestions to implement infrastructure projects. 

Sources said that district collector S Sivarasu has constituted a 12-member CLAF with himself as the chairman. MP (Rajya Sabha) and MP (Trichy Lok Sabha constituency) will be co-chairmen while Trichy East and Trichy West MLAs, corporation commissioner and city engineer will be the members. Technical experts includes a professor from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy and an architect from Indian Institute of Architects. 

The forum meeting will be convened once in three months to discuss the progress and the first meeting is likely to take place on Thursday. “The necessity to include sanitation aspect in formulating new and ongoing projects will be apprised. Hope the urban local body listens to our suggestions,” M Subburaman, director, SCOPE NGO and one of the members of the forum said.
Although the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) has mandated the formation of city-level advisory forums in 2016, corporation maintained that instructions to form the forum came only recently.

However, the timing of forming the forum has raised eyebrows among residents with a few projects already completed and some nearing completion and some in various stages of development. Also, the possibility of making new proposals is very less considering the available funds.
The civic body said that the unavailability of members was the reason for the delay in forming the forum. “Plausible suggestions in the projects under execution phase will be considered if it serves the public,” a senior corporation official said.


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