Uncertainty looms over the ambitious ‘smart city’ project of the National Democratic Alliance government at Centre, but meanwhile, the Akhilesh Yadav government in UP has formalised its very own ‘model city’ scheme. The UP government is learnt to have drawn out a blueprint of the facilities to be provided in the ‘model cities’ proposed to be selected by a panel headed by Akhilesh, soon.
Sources in the housing and urban planning department said the project envisages setting up quality basic facilities otherwise absent in any of the cities in UP. The plan essentially focuses on nine parameters, including traffic, civic infrastructure, educational institutes, environment, heritage, affordable housing, public grievance, social security and public awareness.
To begin with traffic, a selected model city will have all major crossings free of encroachment; footpath, foot over-bridge and underpass for pedestrians, establishment of non-vehicle zones, vending zones, construction of bus stops on all crucial points and better bus connectivity to improve public transport. The plan, interestingly, does not speak of a ‘metro rail’ which has already been initiated in Lucknow and is proposed to be set up in other important towns. It also mentions cycle tracks and promotion of bicycle as an important mode of transport.
The plan also seeks to address the poor quality civic facilities which stare in the face of people in the state. A model city, thus, will have a robust drainage system and domestic waste segregated and recycled. Alignment of electricity poles which, at times, have resulted in often fatal accidents, is also proposed. To provide a better and uninterrupted power supply cables have been proposed to be put underground. Street lights in a model city will have LED bulbs instead of incandescent/sodium lamps. The plan also speaks of establishment of public toilets and Wi-Fi at various important markets.
The scheme also envisages repair and maintenance of existing educational institutes, including nursery and primary schools, besides primary health centres and hospitals. To improve the environment, a model city will have its open spaces used for tree plantation, water bodies revived and rain water harvesting implemented in important installations, including government offices. Besides this, key heritage points are proposed to be conserved and local handicraft including pottery, glass, carpet, and ‘itr’ (indian perfume) to be promoted on a larger scale.
The proposed model city will address needs for affordable houses for urban poor. For this, the development authorities will have to promote the ambitious ‘Samajwadi Awas Yojana’ of the state government. As for the law and order and social security, the scheme proposes to set up police outposts, electronic surveillance at various key points in the city.
BLUEPRINT OF VISION UP
* Major crossings free of encroachment
* Construction of footpath, foot overbridge and underpass for pedestrians
* Establishment of non-vehicle zones, vending zones
* Construction of bus stops
* Construction of ‘cycle tracks’
Civic and power
* Proper drainage system
* Domestic waste segregated and recycled
* Alignment of electricity poles and cables put underground
* Street lights to have LED bulbs
* Establishment of public toilets and wi-fi at various important markets
* Repair and maintenance of existing educational institutes
* Repair of primary health centres and hospitals
* Open spaces to be used for tree plantation
* Water bodies revived and rain water harvesting implemented
* Heritage points conserved
* Local handicrafts promoted on a larger scale
Housing and Law & Order
* Affordable houses for urban poor
* Police outposts, electronic surveillance at various key points in the city