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Agra was selected as smart city in September 2016 in the second round of the Smart Cities Challenge. Following this, a special purpose vehicle (SPV), Agra Smart City Ltd., was set up under the Companies Act to implement the development work at the city level. The SPV is headed by the Divisional Commissioner and will plan, approve, implement, manage, monitor and evaluate smart city-related projects. Focused on not only preserving the traditional and historic traits of the Agra City, but also improving those with the help of technology is one motto being aggressively pursued by Agra Smart City Limited (ASCL), says Municipal Commissioner, Agra Municipal Corporation & Chief Executive Officer, Agra Smart City Limited.
Smart City proposal of Agra envisions retrofitting of 2250 acres of selected local area-Taj Mahal and area comprising Tajganj, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid and Fatehabad road till inner Ring Road. With an envisaged outlay of INR 1699 Crore under Area Based Development and 434 crore under PAN city spread over the next five years, proposal aims to revive the historic relationship of the micro commerce with the monument. The retrofitted areas are imagined to become a new socio-economic engine for the Taj experience. The proposal revolves around mainly street improvement, beautification, decorative flyovers, murals and some facade improvements in the old city and lacks a comprehensive approach towards making provisions in conserving the heritage precinct defined in the Smart city proposal.