Another smart city on the anvil
The project to develop seven nodes will be launched on December 4; deadline set for 2019
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.