100 New Smart Cities Planned

Accommodation Times - - Edtorial - - Mu­rari Chaturvedi mu­rari@ac­com­mo­da­tion­times.com

On 26th May 2014 new govern­ment at cen­tre have been formed with a mas­sive man­date. Mr. M. Venka­iah Naidu, the new Union Min­is­ter for Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and Hous­ing & Ur­ban Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion has said that the top­most pri­or­ity of his min­istry will be to set up 100 new smart and safe cities in the coun­try. He em­pha­sised that the thrust of the min­istry will be to cre­ate self sus­tain­ing brand new cities through­out the coun­try. He aims to pro­vide hous­ing to the masses by 2020. In hous­ing sec­tor he urged the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) as well as Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) will be en­cour­aged. The min­is­ter elab­o­rates that the cor­po­rate, hous­ing fi­nance in­sti­tu­tions, banks etc. must give easy loans to their em­ploy­ees to ful­fill their hous­ing needs. This must be done as part of their Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity. For new cities the first thing to do is to cre­ate sus­tain­able in­fra­struc­ture. To cre­ate new cities first the min­istry is to iden­tify and pin point the open ar­eas around big cities and first pro­vide roads, drainage, elec­tric­ity, drink­ing wa­ter and other so­cial in­fra­struc­ture like ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, health care, recre­ational spa­ces and places for so­cial and re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties. The min­istry can take ex­am­ples of CIDCO in pub­lic sec­tor and Lavasa in pri­vate sec­tor. The new cities should have am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for trade and com­merce so that people set­tling in new cites are self suf­fi­cient and they don’t have to travel far for daily needs and em­ploy­ments. The con­cept of de­vel­op­ing new cities is not new and has been suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented in the past. Chandigarh in Pun­jab is the ex­am­ple of well planned new city, cater­ing to all the needs of res­i­dents. The govern­ment and man­ag­ing au­thor­i­ties needs to be “real es­tate friendly” and for this bu­reau­crat need to be fast tracked. Real es­tate in­dus­try, real es­tate de­vel­op­ers, in­vestors, con­sul­tants and pro­fes­sion­als are wait­ing pos­i­tive and def­i­nite moves. The first thing in this di­rec­tion is to recog­nise real es­tate de­vel­op­ment as the in­dus­try which is long over­due. A clear cut and well or­ches­trated plan should be made by the govern­ment for cre­ation of new cities with cre­ation of com­plete in­fra­struc­ture needed for the brand new cities.

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