Smart cities: new strategies for urban India
To be developed in and around the industrial corridors, these modern cities will become magnets for attracting domestic and foreign investments and will set a benchmark for other cities
Though we have seen increasing numbers of integrated private townships coming up around cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai, these were largely planned in isolation without thought to their role and need for integration into the larger urban systems. The smart cities will be developed in new greenfield sites; land will be cheaper and with the government’s support overall costs will also be low for both businesses as well as for their employees.
A focused and proactive approach by the government at all levels to ensure planned and well-executed urbanisation programmes such as the development of these 100 smart cities can bring about the much- needed panacea to the long festering problem of affordable housing for the masses.
Envisioning 100 smart cities About ₹ 7,060 crore has been allocated in the current fiscal year for development of smart cities, which are slated to come up along major industrial corridors such as Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), which is originally proposed to have 13 industrial areas and 11 investment regions across six states Three smart cities planned along the Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial corridor in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka Bengaluru-Mumbai Economic Corridor and Vizag- Chennai corridor are planned to have 20 industrial clusters and townships to meet the housing requirements in the area Amritsar- Kolkata Industrial Corridor is currently being planned