Article from ET Realty
New Delhi: Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh envisages promoting communal harmony and sustainable infrastructure to become an economically vibrant city. Dahod in Gujarat seeks to emerge as a dynamic and multi-functional activity hub for its tribal population and Ludhiana in Punjab wants to become India’s bicycle capital.
These are some of the visions laid out by 50 out of 97 cities in the race for getting the “Smart City” tag in their submissions to the urban development ministry. NDMC, which covers the entire power centre of Delhi aims to emerge as the “global benchmark” for a capital city.
Urban development ministry sources said that out of these samples of 50 cities, 11 aim to become clean, green and sustainable while nine are seeking to leverage their cultural heritage for stimulating development. Another eight cities are focusing on economic growth and development while the rest want to emerge as tourism hubs, port cities, education and health hubs, centres with industries and institutions.
“Most of the cities want to focus on promoting economic activities, improving quality of life and enabling inclusive urbanisation. This exercise has also proved how the municipal leadership across country can think big and also have the intention to bring huge transformation in city governance,” an urban development ministry official said.
He added that every city has focused on its core competence to stand out under the smart city scheme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. One such example is Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh which set its sights on becoming a healthy metropolis and Warangal in Telangana which is keen to emerge as vibrant regional economic hub. Similarly Haldia aims to become a sustainable and smart port city and Oulgaret in Puducherry seeks to emerge as not just a green industry smart city but also as the most preferred tourism destination based on the concept of a “work-live-learn-play” environment.
The Centre will announce the first batch of 20 smart cities this month.