Smart cities: Learn­ings for In­dia

Barcelona has de­vel­oped ex­ist­ing ar­eas first be­fore ex­pand­ing to the pe­riph­ery

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For a s mar t ci t y, t he min­i­mum ser­vices are a given, use of tech­nol­ogy is im­por­tant for plan­ning, ser­vice de­liv­ery and governance. Be­fore any­thing else, how­ever, the def­i­ni­tion of a smart city should be made clear.

In April this year, Spain pro­posed to co­op­er­ate with In­dia in de­vel­op­ing smart and sus­tain­able cities in the coun­try and pre­sented a draft of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing. The draft MoU re­lat­ing to ur­ban de­vel­op­ment was pre­sented dur­ing the meet­ing of a high-level Span­ish del­e­ga­tion led by its min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs and co­op­er­a­tion Jose Gar­cia-Mar­gal­loy Marfil with the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter, M Venka­iah Naidu in Par­lia­ment House.

Spain has pro­posed to as­sist in de­vel­op­ing Delhi as the first global and smart city in In­dia un­der the frame­work of this draft MoU. Naidu had vis­ited Barcelona to at­tend the Smart City Expo World Congress in Novem­ber last year.

Barcelona has pre­served its her­itage un­der its plan­ning frame­work and that is what Delhi needs to learn. The city has smartly used its ex­ist­ing ur­ban form and car­ried out de­vel­op­ment around ex­ist­ing ar­eas first and ex­panded grad­u­ally to the pe­riph­ery. The strat­egy has been to first de­velop the city core and then grad­u­ally ex­pand the bound­aries of the city. They have fo­cussed on both green­field and brown­field de­vel­op­ment and that is what Delhi should em­u­late, adds Bhatt.


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