The Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed progress on various urban development programmes including addressing of gaps in core physical infrastructure across 500 cities and steps to operationalize the Smart Cities initiative.
Noting that towns and cities are emerging as key drivers of economic growth, the Prime Minister emphasized that the economic growth model of a city should form an essential part of its Smart City vision.
The Prime Minister suggested that the next few years till 2019 could be observed as “urban theme years,” with a different theme or aspect of urban development being addressed each year, according to a release.
Emphasizing the need for capacity building in urban administration, and urban planning, he called for initiating discussions in towns and cities, especially among youth, to generate best ideas for smart cities.
He also called for special attention to create “children- friendly cities.”
Modi said concepts and themes such as green cities, zero waste, optical fibre networks, gas grids, and mobile governance should form part of the Smart City concept.
He also said a city museum should be an integral part of every smart city.
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, and senior officers from the PMO and Ministries of Finance and Urban Development were present on the occasion.
The Narendra Modi government has planned to set up 100 ‘smart cities’ and Naidu said that the first such city will come up in the national capital.
“Delhi is the heart of India and the first smart city would come up here. The city of Barcelona in Spain has also promised technological support to us in our effort in this direction,” he said.
“I saw the city of Barcelona, and apart from modern buildings, they have also preserved their old architecture. We also want to preserve our traditional architecture, that India is so richly endowed with, even as we embrace modernity,” he added.
The Minister was speaking at a function organised by DDA at its headquarters here to officially kick-start the allotment process of its ‘Housing Scheme 2014’.
Naidu handed over allotment letters to the first few successful applicants.
Delhi will get 3 smart cities in 2015. In the next few months, work will begin on three smart cities, with 20 lakh flats built in an organised urban set-up equipped with all amenities and guided by technology.
The smart will be built in extension of Dwarka in southwest Delhi, Rohini and Narela in the northwest — these cities will be modeled after the group housing concept, with uninterrupted power, water and wi-fi connectivity.
Hospitals, schools, commercial complexes, green spaces and energy-efficient structures would be the other features.
“There are four zones in the city which will be developed on the concept of smart cities. These cities would have world-class infrastructure and facilities. The scheme is likely to take off early 2015,” DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar as published in HT
private developers will build the cities and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) infrastructure. These will come up on 20,000-24,000 hectares — simply put, each new sub-city will be the size of Dwarka.
The cities will scale new heights. Norms have been modified to allow residential blocks to rise as high as 24 floors, sources said. At present, apartment blocks can only go up to 12 floors.
Regulations of land polling had been approved by the DDA and the Delhi government had already initiated the exercise of changing the land use from rural to urban, sources said. The regulations have been sent to the urban development ministry and once they are approved, work will begin.
Bengaluru has been choosen among the six cities of the world which chosen by Cisco Systems for digitization and smart connected communities, the company’s chairman and CEO John Chambers announced at a global editors conference in San Jose, US, last week.
The other five cities are Barcelona, Chicago, Hamburg, Nice and Songdo. Cisco has collaborated with the Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) to develop Asia’s first end-to-end (Internet of Things-IoT) Innovation Hub in Bengaluru.
“Private and public sector organisations are facing intense pressure to innovate faster. Look at the way Uber is changing the road industry or what Facebook and Google are doing to ad industry. It’s about connecting your car and coffee shop. Whether it is parking or security or mobility, the next transition is everything us. India has a huge potential in having to gain the most from the Internet of everything (IOE),” Chambers said.
Anil Menon, Cisco deputy chief globalisation officer and president of Smart+Connected Communities, said, “The foundation for Bengaluru as a smart city will be intelligent networks which will transform the delivery of citizen services from transportation, utilities and security to entertainment, education, and healthcare. We believe the industry and the government can work towards a common vision of making Bengaluru a smart city where technology and apps will transform the delivery of citizen services and improve the citizens’ quality of life.”
China Interested to Initiate Smart City Project in Pune
Chinese Government showed interest in collaborating on the Smart City project. and visited pune to explore the opportunity. A team led by Senior Chinese Government Officials participated in a conference organised by Unique Delta Force Security.
According to Alan Chow, CEO Security China, firm providing security solutions and services, said that the security solutions market of India is of $ 2.5 billion which is 5 per cent of the global market.
“India has a huge potential for security solutions. The Government of India is keen on developing smart cities, our company will create a cluster to provide security solutions. We are beginning with Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporations in association with Unique Delta Security. We will provide techno commercial assistance to develop such initiatives as a part of “China – India Mutually Beneficially Co-operation Plan,” said Chow.
Several countries like Japan, Germany, Sweden, Singapore, Israel, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Hongkong and the Netherlands besides multinational corporate have shown keen interest in partnering in building smart cities in India. Many private players like Microsoft, IBM, Essel Group and Prince of Qatar have shown interest in developing smart cities in India.
Bangalore may have missed the 100 India smart city plan because of the population yardstick but the city may be decorated by at least three smart cities around it if Karnataka has its way according to an article published in TOI.
Devanahalli, Ramanagaram and Tumakuru have been picked up in the satellite towns category among the elevent cities proposed by the state government to the centre.
Kalaburagi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mysuru, Belagavi and Mangaluru figure in the class of cities in the population range of 1-4 million people. The names of Udupi, Hospet and Vijayapura have been proposed under the category of heritage towns.
Govt. has set this month end as the deadline to make a final presentation. According to the news publish in TOI said the deadline is aimed at fast-tracking the scheme so that some work can start by the end of this financial year.
The ministry is staring at surrendering most of the Rs 6,274 crore budget allocated this year for the smart cities programme and a new mission for renewal of urban infrastructure in place of JNNURM. TOI has learnt that so far about Rs 800 crore from this allocation has been utilized under urban transport head and another Rs 200 crore could be used by March.
Since the conceptualization of smart city project and the new mission to replace JNNURM are still under process, there is hardly any scope for the ministry to utilize substantial allocation. “You can’t utilize more than 33% of the unutilized allocation in the last quarter,” a government source said.