Excited about Smart Cities Project!! Here is the List of Proposed Changes Smart Cities would be getting
After BJP government was sworn into power mid last year, there has been a hidden race among cities to land on the first list that the ministry of urban development is preparing.
On 28th January 2016, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu announced the first list of 20 smart cities. The cities were chosen based on feasibility, smartness of their proposal, performance indicators among others and awarded marks out of 100. In first five-year period, a total sum of Rs.50,802 crore has been proposed to be invested towards the first list.
The development, if carried out as planned, would be a boon for the citizens as the new changes would aim at solving some of the biggest problems plaguing the cities.
The selected cities will be developed to be technologically advanced and efficient enough to deal with the basic problems of the cities, such as electricity and water supply, parking woes, sewage disposal, pollution control, traffic management and a lot more in a smooth manner.
The mission will also promote adoption of smart solutions for effective use of available assets and infrastructure.
Here is a list of what features these smart cities be proud of.
Promoting mixed land use in area based developments
Planning for ‘unplanned areas’ containing a range of compatible activities and land uses close to one another in order to make land use more efficient. The States will enable some flexibility in land use and building bye-laws to adapt to change.
Housing and inclusiveness
Expand housing opportunities for all.
Creating walkable localities
Reduce congestion, air pollution and resource depletion, boost local economy, promote interactions and ensure security. The road network is created or refurbished not only for vehicles and public transport, but also for pedestrians and cyclists, and necessary administrative services are offered within walking or cycling distance.
Preserving and developing open spaces
Parks, playgrounds, and recreational spaces in order to enhance the quality of life of citizens, reduce the urban heat effects in Areas and generally promote eco-balance.
Promoting a variety of transport options
Transit Oriented Development (TOD), public transport and last mile para-transport connectivity.
Making governance citizen-friendly and cost effective
Increasingly rely on online services to bring about accountability and transparency, especially using mobiles to reduce cost of services and providing services without having to go to municipal offices. Forming e-groups to listen to people and obtain feedback and use online monitoring of programs and activities with the aid of cyber tour of worksites.
Giving an identity to the city
Based on its main economic activity, such as local cuisine, health, education, arts and craft, culture, sports goods, furniture, hosiery, textile, dairy, etc.
Applying Smart Solutions
Applying smart solutions to infrastructure and services in area-based development in order to make them better. For example, making Areas less vulnerable to disasters, using fewer resources, and providing cheaper services.
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