DELHI TO GET SMARTER

A model smart city spread across 24,000 hectares to come up near Delhi; Barcelona in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal support

HT Estates - - FRONT PAGE - Van­dana Ram­nani

Those who tested their luck in the re­cent hous­ing lot­tery con­ducted by the Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity but failed to get a house can now dream of buy­ing one in the green­field smart city project planned to come up in the out­skirts of the Cap­i­tal. In­ter­est­ingly, the cost of houses in the area will ri­val prices in Noida, Greater Noida and Gur­gaon and are ex­pected to be avail­able in the range of ₹ 40 lakh and ₹ 50 lakh.

DDA had read­ied the smart city con­cept in the ar­eas it had iden­ti­fied for land pool­ing into a gi­ant, in­te­grated smart city un­der the di­rec­tions of the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment

min­istry.

Around 20,000 to 24,000 hectares in ar­eas such as Na­jaf­garh, Kan­jhawala and Narela will be de­vel­oped for ur­ban­i­sa­tion and will ac­com­mo­date about five mil­lion peo­ple. Th­ese new de­vel­op­ments, to be part of zones L and N un­der Master Plan 2021, will be de­vel­oped in a span of five to seven years, DDA vice chair­man Balvin­der Kumar told HT Es­tates.

Most of th­ese land parcels in th­ese zones are agri­cul­tural tracts and pri­vate par­ties will get to pool and de­velop them un­der the guide­lines de­signed by DDA. The role of the gov­ern­ment here will be to make avail­able world-class in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties such as trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dors, solid waste man­age­ment, storm wa­ter drainage, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, 24X7 wa­ter and power sup­ply, In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity etc, Kumar says, adding, that a con­sul­tant of in­ter­na­tional re­pute will be ap­pointed to help de­velop this city. “Right now we have en­gaged the con­sul­tancy de­vel- op­ment cen­tre un­der the min­istry of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy and they are help­ing us pre­pare RFPs (re­quest for pro­posal) etc for ap­point­ment of a project man­age­ment con­sul­tant. We will be ap­point­ing an in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tant who will ad­vise us on de­vel­op­ing world­class in­fra­struc­ture,” he says.

Ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Venka­iah Naidu, who re­cently at­tended the fourth Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, told HT Es­tates that Barcelona has come for­ward to join DDA to de­velop part of the Cap­i­tal as a smart city.

Sin­ga­pore has also of­fered tech­ni­cal support for the new cap­i­tal of Andhra Pradesh b e t we e n Vi j ayaw a d a a n d Gun­tur and Ky­oto, Ja­pan, has of­fered tech­ni­cal support for the de­vel­op­ment of Varanasi. The US, dur­ing prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s visit to that coun­try, had promised support for de­vel­op­ing Visakha­p­at­nam, Al­la­habad and Ajmer as smart ci­ties, Naidu said on the side­lines of the re­cently con­cluded two-day Credai con­clave.

The min­is­ter said that the key to suc­cess in de­vel­op­ing smart ci­ties is col­lab­o­ra­tion. Fi­nanc­ing is cru­cial to de­vel­op­ing smart ci­ties in In­dia through the pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP) route.

DDA, says Kumar, is open to work­ing with the Span­ish au­thor­i­ties who have evinced in­ter­est in pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise to de­velop t he smart city near Delhi dur­ing the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter’s re­cent visit to Barcelona.

“We are also hope­ful of meet­ing the time­lines. Once the min­istry of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment no­ti­fies the land pool­ing scheme, im­ple­men­ta­tion will be­gin, hope­fully from Jan­uary on­wards. The re­sults of this smart city will be­gin to be seen in the next five to seven years in that area. The main is­sue here is the no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the land pool­ing pol­icy and once it is rolled out, things will start fall­ing in place,” Kumar added. As for the cost of the units in the smart city, the DDA vice chair­man said it would be sim­i­lar to apart­ment prices in NCR towns s uch as Noida, Greater Noida and Gur­gaon.

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