In the capital of India, the population is growing at the decadal rate of 50 per cent. Beleaguered by unplanned urbanisation, poverty, pollution, safety concerns, water crises and waste management the city has much to accomplish to become a Smart City. Much of this will depend on the peoplea change of mindset is needed to ensure pedestrian spaces remain un-encroach., drivers develop a finer traffic sense, residents stop using roads as public urinals and public spaces as dustbins, public property not be defaced, and electricity, water and petrol are conserved. Equally significant, better safety and security mechanisms must be developed.
Delhi has undeniably made its share of progress. Buses and autos are now tracked with GPS. Smart cards are used for the Delhi Metro, while Delhi Police uses traffic cameras. Delhi aims to provide residents 24-hour uninterrupted water and rawer supply, high-speed Wi-fi, a transit-oriented development model, an efficient solid-waste management system and green buildings. The mission is to ensure adequate housing with zero slums, hospitals with provision for free treatment for the poor, schools, commer-cial complex., and energy-efficient structures. Another priority is renewable energy.
New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will focus on improving basic services. The aim will be to supply water through the day, web-based billing system, and dual pipes for grey water and mini sewage treatment plants. A 40-MW solar power plant will be in place by 2020. Other proposed green measures include electric-pow-ered public transport forlast-mile connectivity, electric vehicle charging ports at parking bays, a smart parking system with an app that enables car-pooling, and bus stops with interactive infor-mation screens and vending machines.
The inner circle of Connaught Place will be made pedestrian-only with a park-and-ride facili-ty. For its schools, NDMC has planned e-Teaming solutions and a mentoring programme. Another priority is a smart health plan, integrating all public medical facilities via a cloud-based system by which patients will be able to access volunteer doctors through a virtual medical service. Recommendation: A system where an integrat-ed solution is sought and the vendor .comes responsible for the solution over a period of time during which the vendor is responsible for main-taining the solution, with systems of audit and penalties, can ensure sustainability of this city, .rich is going to continue to face the challenges of growth.
The writer is founder& director, Smart Cities Council India