Singapore, the most influential country of South-East Asia, has entered into bilateral relations with the Republic of India. Being a global finance, transportation commercial hub, Singapore will lend a hand in the planning and development of some cities of India. The two countries have always had strong cultural and commercial relation and this agreement is to augment the infrastructure development, economic correlations and trade in India.
Firstly, Singapore set foot in the Indian real estate industry by lending financial and intellectual support to some of Modi’s smart city projects. The prime minister of Singapore welcomed this proposal and expressed genuine interest in making India infrastructural and technologically advanced. Last year, the country entered into a pact to develop Andhra Pradesh’s new capital going by the name of Amaravati. The International Enterprise Singapore will help in preparing the master plan of this new capital city and in providing proper guidance in urban development and governance.
Among other selected areas of cooperation, the most needed assistance that India can get from Singapore is in the field of urban planning. Indian cities, that are mostly overcrowded, need a perfect urban plan to improve the efficiency and productivity. Later this month, when PM Modi visited Singapore, emphasized on improving the bilateral relationship between the two countries particularly in the field of procuring urban planning solutions. It is termed as the ‘Strategic Partnership Pact’.
The Atal Bihari Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and the Housing for All mission are the two important policies other than the Smart Cities Projects. Once the pact is signed, India will be able to seek extensive urban planning for Indian cities.
Singapore is the perfect country to help India in its urban development. If you see the pictures of Singapore in 1950s and 1960s, you will find a stark similarity of it with contemporary India. Unplanned bunches of houses scattered over the areas created much havoc like it is now in India. But after Singapore detached from Malaysia and started on its journey to become an independent state, the first thing it did was to acquire all the land from private authorities and develop it for the betterment and convenience of the public in general. Now, Singapore’s skyline is now all about modern skyscrapers and this is what penned down its urban success story. It created 44,000 houses over a period of five years.
In addition to the development of homes, Singapore paid due attention to urban planning and smart infrastructure. Sanitary condition, greenery, traffic management and waste disposal- all were taken into account, only then the foundation stone was laid for the ‘Singapore’ you see now.
India is also developing on the lines of Singapore. The Indian Smart City models comprehensively include all the above factors. Skyscrapers are the need of the hour to accommodate the burgeoning population of India’s urban areas. But the environment conservation should also go hand-in-hand.
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