Pub­lish guide­lines for smart cities first

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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.

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