Most Smart Cities aim for richer economy,environment,heritage

Saturday, Jan 2, 2016,17:31 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Majority of the Smart City plans for 95 cities submitted to the Urban Development Ministry have thrown up vision statements listing economic development, cleaner environment and richer cultural heritage as main goals.

According to the action plans submitted by 50 of the proposed Smart Cities, 11 aimed at emerging as clean, green and sustainable cities followed by nine cities seeking to leverage rich cultural heritage legacy for stimulating development.

Eight cities stated economic growth and development as the core of their vision and the rest seek to emerge as tourism hubs, port cities, education and health hubs, industrial and institutional centres with the help of unique features and strengths of respective cities.

Promoting economic development, improving quality of life and enabling inclusive urbanization is mentioned as part of the vision by most of the cities.

As required under the Mission guidelines, each of the Mission Cities has formulated City Vision statement based on citizen consultations, according to Urban Development Ministry statement. Plans were submitted last month and the first batch of 20 Smart Cities will be selected this month.

One of the key proposed Smart Cities, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in its vision statement aimed at emerging as the global benchmark for a capital city. Bihar Sharif envisages to emerge as a tourism gateway while Chandigarh seeks to be an ideal city which is innovative, distinct and dynamic, economically vibrant, accessible and livable.

Gandhinagar aims to be an institutional hub with diversified economic base that provides equitable setting for all to live and work with better quality of life and infrastructure.

Also, Panaji aims to be transformed into a world-class, environmentally sustainable and inclusive city while preserving its heritage, cultural diversity and ecosystems through innovation and smart solutions.