Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for smart cities is taking shape.
After announcing a whopping Rs 7060 crore in the Union Budget on July 10 for developing 100 smart cities across the country, the NDA Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to invite bids for Dholera investment region in Gujarat in the next three months and for integrated industrial townships in Greater Noida and Vikram Udyogpuri in Madhya Pradesh along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) by March next year. This has been said in a report published.
The report quotes Talleen Kumar, CEO of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation as saying, “We are ready to roll out two projects and an industrial zone. We are progressing very fast. A lot of countries, including Germany, the UK, the US and Korea have shown interest to participate in the industrial townships.”
Bids for another project, Shendra Bidkin industrial zone in Maharashtra, would be invited by mid-2015, Kumar added. It is significant to note that $4.5 billion is being lent by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the report said.
The report also says that the guidelines for recognising a city as the smart city will be prepared by the department of industrial policy and promotion. The criteria for being recognised as a smart city is – it must have three of the five infrastructure requirements – energy management, water management, transport and traffic, safety and security and solid waste management.
Meanwhile, Reports that the Government of Uttar Pradesh has signed an agreement with the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Development Corporation for the creation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which will oversee the creation of an integrated industrial township spread over 750 acres in the Greater Noida region and the township would be fully developed over 30 years, in six phases of five years each.
Quoting a State Government official, the report adds that the township will have over 50 per cent of land dedicated to industries with an emphasis on IT parks, biotechnology and R&D.
For the purpose of developing the township, the State Government has allotted land to the DMIC Development Corporation. The DMIC Trust, which is the funding agency for the project, has contributed around Rs 620 crore for the development of the trunk infrastructure.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had vehemently raised the issue of jobless youths migrating from their home States to a few industrially developed cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bangalore in search of livelihood which is causing a lot of socio-economic problems. On one hand, such migration is causing a huge burden on the civic amenities available in these cities while on the other hand, this trend is also making it difficult for the natives of these cities to get jobs.
One of the reports says that India will need about 500 new cities to accommodate the huge influx of population from rural or semi-rural areas to the urban belts. Realising the need for swift urbanisation, the Government has come up with the vision of developing 100 smart cities to make India manufacturing hub and for the country’s fast economic growth.
The concept behind developing the smart cities is to create highly advanced urban regions in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability. Essential services to the people living in these cities will be provided through information technology.
There are a few challenges also in the ways of development of these cities. The most important requirement is on part of residents, entrepreneurs and visitors who are required to be actively involved in energy saving and implementation of new technologies and also to make residential, commercial and public spaces sustainable with the help of technology.
No doubt, if the project for development of smart cities becomes successful, it will change the face of Indian economy. With a Government, which was voted to power over the issue of development led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Gujarat Model of Development has been phenomenal, it is hoped that the project for developing 100 mega cities will be a great success.