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

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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


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