The minister for Urban development put it in simplest of words, that Smart Cities means 'Happily Livable Cities' and city planners should take into consideration the nature, culture of a particular town to develop a better future. Naidu also shed light on some of his ideas for the Smart Cities.
Smart City planners, civic bodies, consulting agencies and others involved in this mass project are doing their every bit to avail ideas, plans, thoughts and awareness for a ‘Smart City’ plan. From online residents feedback, suggestions, forums, social media, door-to-door form filling and group consultations the planners are not leaving a single stone unturned to get the best of the minds at work.
The initial goal of the 98 selected smart cities is to prepare a good Smart City Proposal, to be selected for the next round of development, which includes stage-wise funding for the selected city for the next five years.
What is a Smart City?
The government in its mission document has said that the objective of the ‘Smart Cities Mission’ is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart Solutions’. They should ideally create a replicable model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities.
The Smart City Proposal should include a large number of infrastructure services and smart solutions, the mission statement adds.
So here’s an advice straight from the horse’s mouth. Continue reading to find out what the Urban development minister, Vekaiah Naidu, under whose ministry the Mission Statement has been prepared says about the Smart Cites his ideas, suggestions and simple definition.
Blend Nature, Culture for better Future
The Smart Cities draft plan is prepared on certain parameters, 15 countries have come forward to extend their support for Smart Cities and AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation). But at the end of the day, one needs to take care of the local needs, climate and aspiration while planning your city.
Citing the e.g. of Barcelona, the Urban development minister said, while he was expecting to see tall and vertical buildings in Barcelona, he was taken by surprise by the beautiful planning as the original architecture was kept intact in development.
Putting it across in simpler and more meaningful words, the minister said Nature, Culture should be combined for better future. Cities like Hyderabad, Amravati should retain its past, even while taking idea from foreign cities.
Naidu’s shares some ideas
- Rain water harvesting
- Water recycling
- Green buildings
- Solar power
- LED lights in public and private places
- Toilets for every house & community Toilets
- Transparency and Accountability
- Raise user charges
- Getting ready for reforms and perform - PPP model is the way forward.
"Smart Habitation means, there should be breathable air, walkable space, enjoyable green environment, solar power to light up houses, green water harvesting should be made must and waste should be segregated", explains Vekaiah Naidu.
Solid waste should be used to generate energy, he added.
Clearing the air on need for Urbanization
People don’t come to cities like Hyderabad just to see ‘Char Minar’, but they come because of urbanization is taking place – and this happens because of education, employment, entertainment, economic opportunities and enhanced medical services.
Today, 60 per cent of the revenues are coming from urban areas, and it may up to 75 per cent shortly by 2030, the Naidu added.
However, urban cities face difficulties like water shortage, congestion, pollution, lack of transport etc.
Simple definition for Smart Cities
Smart Cities are 'Happily Livable Cities' – a simple definition on Smart Cities by urban development minister – Venkaiah Naidu.
(The minister was addressing a gathering of national and international experts on technologies and smart cities along with urban development officials at the National Conclave on Smart Technologies hosted by Smart Cities Council India and co-hosted by the government of Telangana).