The Asian Age
Delhi to get 24x7 power, water supply
Focus will be on e- governance and making Delhi a green city
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.