Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream project of developing 100 Smart Cities across India has always been on NDA government’s top priority list. The dream seems to be inching closer to reality now. Recently, Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu announced the list of the names of 98 smart cities in the country. Out of these 98, 13 nominations are bagged by Uttar Pradesh, 10 by Maharashtra and 12 by the state of Tamil Nadu.
To support this ambitious scheme, the center has decided to allocate 100 crores to each smart city on yearly basis. The list consists of 18 urban areas that hold tourism and cultural importance, 24 business and economic hubs and 24 state capitals. A clear sign of India’s growth has come forward as more than 60 small towns have been noted as Smart City aspirants. These 98 smart cities will cover about 35% of India’s total urban population and is expected to give a more decent lifestyle to these people.
For those who know less about Smart City projects, here is what these cities aim to provide:
E-Governance and Citizen Services- Under this the government aims to seek tech-savvy means of handling public grievances and to monitor crime in cities.
Waste Management- Smart Cities will have a centralized waste management system for the recycling and reduction of C&D waste and treating wastewater.
Water Management- Smart solutions will be provided for management of water resources, smart meters will be installed and leakage issues will be immediately resolved.
Urban Mobility- Smart cities will boast of an integrated multi-modal transport and will have an intelligent traffic management system.
Energy Management- Smart cities aim at making maximum use of renewable energy resources and promoting the concept of green building.
In Delhi, the NDMC area will be developed as a Smart City. In UP, the smart city aspirants include Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Rampur, Moradabad, Aligarh and Agra. These cities are expected to come up with mixed use development policies for area based development. Creating inclusive housing societies, walkable localities and making optimum use of open spaces and limited resources are the key points of this smart city project.
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