As Dehradun is one of the 98 cities in India identified in the first phase for the Centre's ambitious smart city project, negotiations are in the final stages for buying land for the project from two tea companies whose estates are located in the Shimla bypass area of the city, Uttarakhand Urban Development Minister Pritam Singh Panwar told reporters.

The state government has already given its nod for buying land from the two tea companies and talks with them will be concluded in a day or two.
A project will be forwarded to the Centre before December 15 which is the deadline set by the Centre for the purpose, he said.
A total of Rs 500 crore will be given by the Centre for the project at the rate of Rs 100 crore per annum and the rest of the funds will have to be raised by the state government out of its own resources, the Minister said.
Vice-Chairman of Mussoorie-Dehradun Development Authority, the state government apppointed nodal agency for implementation of the project, R Meenakshi Sundaram said as
per the Centre's guidelines it is mandatory to have at least 250 acres of land for a smart city project but a proposal of a smart city spread over an area of at least 1,200 acres in Dehradun is being sent to the Centre.

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