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Surat model to be replicated in 300 cities, towns in India

According to reports, the world’s fourth fastest growing city, Surat, will be a model for development of 300 tier-2 cities of India.

The Narendra Modi-led government is keen to replicate the success of four urban facilities that have been successfully implemented in Surat in these 300 cities as well as the proposed 100 smart cities under its new mission mode programme.

The chosen fields for best practices that are expected to be replicated include use of renewable energy sources including grid-connected solar rooftop project, public private partnership (PPP) model of solid waste management projects, treatment of waste water through tertiary treatment plant and e-governance through mobile app.

Top officials of Surat along with municipal commissioner Milind Torwane will make a presentation on the implementation, financial aspects and viability to the Union urban development secretary Shankar Agarwal in New Delhi on Monday.

Talking to TOI, Torwane said, “It is a process of sharing success of Surat with other cities of the country and we will play our part to the fullest.”

Electricity generated from non-conventional sources accounts for 36% of the SMC’s total requirement of 62 MW per year. It gets 17.7 MW from the three wind power stations set up in Saurashtra and 4.28 crore units from its biogas plants every year. In the next four years, SMC will save Rs 125 crore in electricity cost.

Surat is also the first city to set up its own tertiary treatment plan that produces 40 million litres water per day and supplies industrial grade water to 119 units in Pandesara.

In solid waste management, Surat is the only city with population of more than 46 lakh and 15 lakh households where PPP model has been adopted for door-to-door collection, night scrapping and brushing of roads besides a facility to scientifically dispose 1,500 tonnes.

In e-governance too, Surat tops the list with mobile app for civic services. Since August 2013, nearly 63,000 downloads from 30 different countries have been recorded. “SMC mobile app has received 18 lakh requests till now in little more than a year, which is a record for any local body,” said Torwane.

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