An­other smart city on the anvil

The project to de­velop seven nodes will be launched on De­cem­ber 4; dead­line set for 2019

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

On the heels of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s smart city ini­tia­tive, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion (Cidco) has now planned its own smart city.

The Cidco’s smart city project will be launched on De­cem­ber 4 by chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis at the Cidco con­ven­tion cen­tre in Vashi.

The Navi Mum­bai South Smart City project, on which Cidco has had a head­start over the smart city project of the Cen­tre, in­volves de­vel­op­ment of the seven nodes un­der Cidco’s ju­ris­dic­tion as smart cities within the next four years. The Cidco has been work­ing on the project for the last year and a half.

The nodes in­clude Pan­vel, Ulwe, Dron­a­giri, Kharghar, Kalamboli, Kamothe and Push­pak Na­gar.

There will be over 50 stalls, at the two-day ex­hi­bi­tion, man­aged by the heads of de­part­ments of Cidco. The stalls will give de­tails of the var­i­ous as­pects of the smart city that Cidco has ei­ther de­vel­oped or is work­ing on. Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sion­ers of 100 cities of the coun­try short­listed for the smart city com­pe­ti­tion of the Cen­tre have been in­vited to the ex­hi­bi­tion.

In an in­ter­view to Hin­dus­tan Times, Cidco vice-chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor San­jay Bha­tia said the smart city project will be a brown­field-cum-green­field project.

He said the Cidco had an ad­van­tage in terms of eco­nomic driv­ers and fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence over the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, which is com­pet­ing for se­lec­tion in the smart city com­pe­ti­tion.

“There is go­ing to be pub­lic in­vest­ment to the tune of Rs50,000 crore in the re­gion in the next four years. It in­cludes Rs16,000- crore in­vest­ment for the pro­posed in­ter­na­tional air­port. The Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust is also dou­bling its ca­pac­ity with Rs8,000 crore.”

“We al­ready have fi­nances while other cities have to raise it from the gov­ern­ment. Al­though the to­tal cost of the smart city is Rs25,000 crore in­clud­ing the metro project, if we ex­clude the mega projects, our ex­pense will be lim­ited to Rs2,000 crore which we can take care of,” said Bha­tia.

Speak­ing on what the smart city project en­tails, Bha­tia said, “We will en­sure ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture, bet­ter qual­ity of life, de­vel­op­ment of vil­lages in the area, e-gov­er­nance for ease of busi­ness, pub­lic trans­port, en­vi­ron­ment sus­tain­abil­ity, in­clu­sive plan­ning for the poor and Swachch Bharat con­cept, ca­pac­ity build­ing through train­ing of Cidco employees and all stake hold­ers.”

“We are con­fi­dent of achiev­ing the tar­gets by 2019, as sev­eral projects have al­ready be­gun. We will en­sure that our smart city serves as a model for other cities,” said Bha­tia.

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