A move closer to turning Indian cities smart, the government, under its ambitious Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu recently announced a list of 13 more cities that will be developed under the Centre´s ´Smart City Mission´.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is set to give a makeover to the national capital area with an ambitious Rs 1,800 crore Smart City plan. The area administered by NDMC under the plan will have 24 x 7 power and water supply, multilevel car parks and digitisation of schools and hospitals over the next four years
Being one of the leading states in implementing schemes backed by the Centre, Rajasthan is always in the forefront, whether it is for energy efficiency or municipal reforms. It now has a target to spend Rs 40,000 crore in the next five years to fill up the gap in urban infrastructure
According to a recent report by the Smart Cities Council India, traditional cities with unauthorised colonies, slum clusters, poor transportation, inadequate water and electricity supply, narrow roads, lanes and by-lanes, are going to transform rapidly, after the Smart City plan is implemented.
Under the Government of India´s Smart City Mission, Bhubaneswar is the first one among 20 cities shortlisted for development in the first round of implementation. Egis in India participated in the competitive bidding process along with other reputed multi-national companies and has been awarded the project.
India is indeed going all out for its Smart City Mission programme. The ULBs, which are de facto part of the newly established SPVs for every winning smart city have floated around 15 RFPs for their respective smart city elements.
Under the Smart City mission, the UT Administration has decided to make all the sectors 'smart' in the first phase, thereby ensuring sectors of the city get 24 x 7 water supply, sewerage disposal, designated car-free zones, smart water meters, smart grid, Wi-Fi spots, and intelligent traffic lights.
The Smart City Mission has finally started outsmarting its critics. With all 20 SPVs having been formed and a combination of true-blue managers and IAS officers appointed as CEOs, CW tracks the movers and shakers of the initiative.