"We decided to fulfill criteria for the project," civic body's Commissioner, Anjana Panda said on Friday.
Comprehensive parameters are set for ranking cities for the project. Some of these include self-financing ability (25 percent weightage), institutional systems and capacities (25 percent), existing service levels and committed plan of action for three years (25 percent), past track record in implementing reforms (15 percent) and quality of vision document (10 percent), sources said.

On the reforms front, the parameters are quick progress towards e-governance and online service delivery integrated GIS-based master plans -- for sanitation, mobility, land use, digital connectivity, disaster risk management and climate change policy reforms, fixed tenures for mayors and municipal officials and improving revenues through 100 percent collection of taxes and user charges, official sources said.

"Since Berhampur is one of the old cities, we hope it would be considered in 're-development of old city category' criterion of the scheme," the BMC Commissioner said.     

"Since the city's infrastructure got a boost post cyclone Phailin and several development schemes are in the pipeline, we are optimistic of Berhampur making the cut," said Mayor K Madhavi.

The civic body will soon prepare a vision document and submit it to the Centre through the state, she said.
While the corporation has improved water supply, it is committed to provide piped water to every household. Road and drains would be constructed under World Bank assisted Rs 200 crore Odisha Disaster Recovery Project, Panda said.

The civic body would also be constructing a solid waste management project in public private partnership mode at a cost of Rs 70 crore. The Centre has approved a Rs 274 crore project for construction of pucca houses for slum dwellers. It will make the town slum-free, she added.

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