Publish guidelines for smart cities first
De l h i D e ve l o p m e n t Authority plans t o develop 20,000 hectares in Dwarka in southwest Delhi, Rohini and Narela in the northwest as smart cities equipped with uninterrupted power, water and wi-fi connectivity. But experts say that in the absence of a clear definition of what a smart city is, this may not be an easy task to accomplish.
Besides, these are pure greenfield developments – virgin land being developed with modern infrastructure cannot exist in isolation. The city needs to redevelop the unauthorised regularised colonies, equip them with basic facilities, say town planning experts.
“Our plan is to develop 20,000 hectares under the pattern of a smart city. We have already appointed a consultant to advise us on the matter. A project management consultant will be appointed in the next three months. A memorandum of understanding will also be signed with Barcelona City. Subsequently, both the PMC and technical advisers from Barcelona will work in tandem to develop these cities,” reveals Balvinder Kumar, VC, DDA.
Before such a mammoth task is undertaken, the definition of smart city should be made clear, says Amit Bhatt, strategy head – urban transport, EMBARQ India. Besides, creating smart cities is not only about constructing new structures but also about green and brownfield development and redevelopment of the core.