As per the latest news, the urban development minister Naidu directed the NDMC officials that the Rs 1,900-crore “Smart City” project should be implemented by June 2018 and the efforts should be visible by next June. He also said that the NDMC can become a lighthouse for other cities to develop as a smart city.
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We human being has always been a victim to the natural disaster and has been trying from ages to be invulnerable to natural disaster. Comparing to other developed countries it seems that India even more far behind in such situation.
So, the combined voice of the people of India is that initiative of India’s Government to make the 100 smart cities should be made such that these smart cities should be invulnerable to natural disaster.
Considering the past records,Chennai flood claimed 270 lives and inflicted an economic loss of more than Rs 15,000 crore. Indian cities have vastly expanded–377 million, or 31% of Indians now live in urban areas, up from 217.18 million and 26% 20 years ago, according to census data–increasing their vulnerability.
Moreover about the earth quake, as many as 38 cities are located in zones with seismic susceptibility in the government’s vulnerability atlas of India, as IndiaSpend has reported. Categories vary from “very severe intensity zone” (Zone V), which includes the most-vulnerable cities of Guwahati and Srinagar, to “severe intensity zone “(Zone IV), such as Delhi, and “moderately severe intensity zone” (Zone III), such as Mumbai and Chennai. The entire Northeast Region is marked as a “very high” vulnerability zone, prone to earthquakes, floods, and storms.
So considering all these the India’s government first target in making the 100 smart cities is that the smart cities should be made invulnerable to natural disaster.
The union Government has earlier said that it will announced the final list of the smart cities which be developing in the first phase of the 100 smart cities project before 26th January 2016.
Moreover, there is no rest among the mind of the general public, and has been asking about the probable list of the 20 smart cities which could be qualified in the first phase of the 100 smart cities project.
The selection of these 20 cities will be sole depend on the Proposal submit for the design of the smart cities. The government will considered the proposal submitted by the concerned state for the final decision of the smart cities.
There is also announcement from the government that the center may only fund 10 smart cities this year. And also it is said that the center has no intention to delay the project but may only fund for only 10 smart cities if proposals don’t match quality yardsticks.
The states that are expected to submit “quality” proposals by the due date include Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
And the cities which could make it to the first list include Pune, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Vizag, Jaipur, Udaipur, Surat, Bhopal and NDMC area of Delhi.
Finally the Indian Govt. will be officially announced the list of 100 smart cities on 1st September the Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing M Venkaiah Naidu said on yesterday.
Smart Cities is the ambitious project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for transforming India by making cities more livable and inclusive, besides driving the economic growth.
He said that only 20 cities will be selected in first phase. These cities will be selected on based some certain parameters, which have already been communicated to the 100 cities.
Naidu was speaking to reports during a conference of smart cities organized by Council of India. He has has explained the smart cities mission will be completed by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). The SPV will plan, appraise, approve, release funds, implement, manage, operate, monitor and evaluate the Smart City development projects. Each smart city will have a SPV which will be headed by a full time CEO.