By making them efficient, citizen friendly, and sustainable, the Government of India is determined to develop 100 smart cities across the country. In this agenda, the Union Ministry of Urban Development has allied with the state cabinets of the respective states. As of Feb. 28, 2018, 99 cities have been included in this mission as they have defeated other cities in the challenge. It is expected that the purpose will bring color from 2022 onwards.
The cities that have selected so far
|Port Blair||Andaman and Nicobar Island|
|Diu||Daman and Diu|
|Silvassa||Dadra and Nagar Haveli|
|Srinagar||Jammu and Kashmir|
|Jammu||Jammu and Kashmir|
|New Town Kolkata||West Bengal|
What is a Smart City?
- Smart Environment
- Smart Urban Planning
- Smart Water and Waste Management
- Smart IT and Communications
- Smart Grid
- Clean Energy
- Smart Government Initiatives
- Smart Security and Safety
- Smart Buildings
- Smart Employment Options
What are the Smart City essentials?
- Waste management
- Pollution control
- Putting all government expenditure online for public
- Implementation of e-governance & online grievance redressal mechanism
- Publication of e-newsletter
- Swachh Bharat: At least 5% increase in coverage of latrines since 2011 census
- Track record of paying salary to employees
- Alternative transport solutions
- Track record of urban reforms and citizen participation being introduced
- Infrastructure development
India should solve its problems while making the smart cities
As per Ashok Lahoty, Jaipur mayor, we should not talk about using the smart technological trends because we don’t have the necessary infrastructure. Instead of using smart technologies, we should try to put the overhead electric wires, which are hanging dangerously, underground. India have diverse geographic, demographic, and financial constraints. So, we cannot import the concept of the smart city from foreign countries. Lalit Bhasin, executive vice president of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, stated: “Smart cities need to be able to provide walkable areas, promote open spaces, offer transportation options as well as citizen-friendly and cost-effective governance. The willingness to change and the aspirations of the citizens are also important,” added Bhasin.
The GIFT city leads India’s SMART CITY MISSION; 99 more to follow
Gujarat International Financial Tech City, which is located 11 kilometers from Gandhinagar and 12 kilometers from Ahmedabad, is going to lead India’s 100 Smart City Mission. Spread over 3.99 square kilometers with 67% commercial, 22% residential, and 11% social facilities, it is inspired by the design and structure of Shanghai. The city will present offices, schools, residential areas, hotels, shopping clubs with 110 beautifully designed buildings. It also promises India’s first district cooling system, integrated water management system, automated waste collection & isolation system, underground utility tunnel, spacious walkways, highly efficient data center, green parks, and in-house gas-based power plant with 99.999% power reliability.