Pune will be the first city among the first batch of 20 Smart Cities to hire a professional as the chief executive officer (CEO) to execute the ambitious project. In almost all other cities, bureaucrats have been posted as CEOs.
Sources in the urban development ministry said the city administration has informed them about the decision and they will select the candidate by inviting applications from professionals. “This approach is good and prove more productive. As such, there have also been examples of central government bringing in professionals at secretary level,” said an official.
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