The Asian Age

Delhi to get 24x7 power, wa­ter sup­ply

Fo­cus will be on e- gov­er­nance and mak­ing Delhi a green city

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

New Delhi is all set to emerge as a smart city hav­ing all the in­fra­struc­ture of a planned city. Since de­vel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture is the mantra for the Modi gov­ern­ment, fa­cil­i­ties like wa­ter and elec­tric­ity sup­ply will be made roundthe- clock and on­line ser­vices will be put in place.

The min­istry of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment has in­cluded New Delhi in its smart city pi­lot project and the fo­cus will be on e- gov­er­nance and mak­ing Delhi a green city.

Top sources in the gov­ern­ment said that New Delhi is to be de­vel­oped as a smart city. The seven main fea­tures have been iden­ti­fied for smart ci­ties, in­clud­ing full wi- fi con­nec­tiv­ity, good in­fra­struc­ture, round- the- clock wa­ter and power sup­ply, in­te­grated and in­tel­li­gent trans­port sys­tem, no en­croach­ments, e- gov­er­nance and en­vi­ron­ment friendly sys­tem. As re­ported ear­lier by this news­pa­per, the NDMC has all ready kick- started projects vis- à- vis smart and green city plan. The coun­cil is giv­ing fi­nal touches to its wi- fi projects in prom­i­nent mar­kets. The NDMC has al­ready put up screens and mon­i­tors in most of its build­ings to ac­cess weather and pol­lu­tion con­di­tions.

Speak­ing to this news­pa­per, se­nior NDMC of­fi­cial O. P. Mishra said that the civic body aims to make things eas­ier for res­i­dents. “We are aim­ing that most of the ser­vices will be avail­able on­line and the Lu­tyens’ area will have all the fa­cil­i­ties of a smart city. In or­der to con­serve en­ergy, we have al­ready in­stalled weather and pol­lu­tion mon­i­tors with LED dis­play in some of the NDMC build­ings,” he said. The con­tours of smart ci­ties, which is a dream project of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, are be­ing de­cided by the min­istry of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment ( MoUD) and sec­re­tary ( ur­ban de­vel­op­ment) Shankar Ag­gar­wal has sent a com­pre­hen­sive let­ter to the chief sec­re­tary of Delhi seek­ing his view­points and sug­ges­tions on this is­sue. He said that the fund­ing pat­tern for in­fra­struc­ture projects of th­ese ci­ties is be­ing de­cided.

Sources in the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­istry in­di­cated that min­istry will be tak­ing cue from the com­piled data of the JNNURM project in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

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