Smart cities, the future lifeline of India

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Do you know, Copenhagen sends as less as only two percent of its waste to landfills as they recycle 50% of the waste and a large amount of the waste is utilized to produce heat for the heating network of Copenhagen. In Barcelona power of the Internet of Things is being used to create smart solutions to manage energy usage, street lighting and many other things to ensure smart management of energy and power. Citizen of Singapore can digitally access all government services, for which an in-house digital team is deployed by the government to ensure that all the key services like health, transport etc., are accessible for citizens though citizen-centric mobile apps. Not only these but other global cities like Helsinki, Seoul, and London have also adapted smart solutions and made their place amidst smart cities. After reading this if you are little disheartened that your city isn’t included in the list, cheer up as Indian cities are also going to be in the league of smart cities. Smart Cities Mission was launched in India in 2015 and since then many cities have been added to the project in different phases. So far approx 100 cities have been added in the Smart Cities Mission, which is handled by of Union Ministry of Urban Development of Government of India. Let’s read key features of Smart Cities Mission in detail.

What is Smart Cities Mission?
To understand Smart Cities Mission, first, we need to understand the concept of the smart city. In fact, the definition of a smart city has no standard parameter; it totally depends on the city and its citizen’s needs. No single list of parameters can be used to define a smart city. Every city has a different level of development, a different set of resources and infrastructure along with a different potential to reform. In fact in India, as compare to other counties there are greater varieties of structures, requirements, and infrastructure varying city to city. Hence the definition and bases of smart city feature depend on the needs of infrastructural development an improvement needed in accessibility of civic services and working of civic agencies. Smart city Mission aims at reforming the entire urban eco-system including institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure development.

Name of 99 Cities added in Smart Cities Mission India
So far 99 cities have been selected for Smart Cities Mission. In 5 rounds these cities have been selected. In 1st round 20 smart cities were selected, in 2nd round 13 smart cities were selected, in 3rd round 27 Smart Cities were selected, in 4th round 30 smart cities were selected, and in 5th round 9 smart cities were selected. The complete list of cities selected Smart Cities Mission India, along with state name is given below.

  1. 1. Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  2. 2. Pune, Maharashtra
  3. 3. Jaipur, Rajasthan
  4. 4. Surat, Gujarat
  5. 5. Kochi, Kerala
  6. 6. Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  7. 7. Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
  8. 8. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  9. 9. Solapur, Maharashtra
  10. 10. Davangere, Karnataka
  11. 11. Indore, Madhya Pradesh
  12. 12. New Delhi, New Delhi
  13. 13. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  14. 14. Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
  15. 15. Belagaavi, Karnataka
  16. 16. Udaipur, Rajasthan
  17. 17. Guwahati, Assam
  18. 18. Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  19. 19. Ludhiana, Punjab
  20. 20. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  21. 21. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  22. 22. Bhagalpur, Bihar
  23. 23. Faridabad, Haryana
  24. 24. Chandigarh, Chandigarh
  25. 25. Raipur, Chhattisgarh
  26. 26. Ranchi, Jharkhand
  27. 27. Dharamasala, Himachal Pradesh
  28. 28. Warangal, Telangana
  29. 29. Panaji, Goa
  30. 30. Agartala, Tripura
  31. 31. Imphal, Manipur
  32. 32. Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar
  33. 33. New Town Kolkata, West Bengal
  34. 34. Amritsar, Punjab
  35. 35. Kalyan, Maharashtra
  36. 36. Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  37. 37. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
  38. 38. Nagpur, Maharashtra
  39. 39. Mangalore, Karnataka
  40. 40. Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  41. 41. Thane, Maharashtra
  42. 42. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
  43. 43. Agra Uttar, Pradesh
  44. 44. Nashik, Maharashtra
  45. 45. Raurkela, Odisha
  46. 46. Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
  47. 47. Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  48. 48. Tumakuru, Karnataka
  49. 49. Kota, Rajasthan
  50. 50. Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
  51. 51. Namchi, Sikkim
  52. 52. Jalandhar, Punjab
  53. 53. Shimoga, Karnataka
  54. 54. Salem, Tamil Nadu
  55. 55. Ajmer, Rajasthan
  56. 56. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  57. 57. Kohima, Nagaland
  58. 58. Hubli-Dharwad, Karnataka
  59. 59. Aurangabad, Maharashtra
  60. 60. Vadodara, Gujarat
  61. 61. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  62. 62. Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh
  63. 63. Rajkot, Gujarat
  64. 64. Amravati, Maharashtra
  65. 65. Patna, Bihar
  66. 66. Karimnagar, Telangana
  67. 67. Muzaffarpur, Bihar
  68. 68. Puducherry, Pondicherry
  69. 69. Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  70. 70. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
  71. 71. Sagar, Madhya Pradesh
  72. 72. Karnal, Haryana
  73. 73. Satna, Madhya Pradesh
  74. 74. Bangalore, Karnataka
  75. 75. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  76. 76. Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  77. 77. Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu
  78. 78. Pimpri Chinchwad, Maharashtra
  79. 79. Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
  80. 80. Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh
  81. 81. Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
  82. 82. Dahod, Gujarat
  83. 83. Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
  84. 84. Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu
  85. 85. Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
  86. 86. Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
  87. 87. Aizawl, Mizoram
  88. 88. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  89. 89. Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
  90. 90. Gangtok, Sikkim
  91. 91. Erode, Tamilnadu
  92. 92. Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh
  93. 93. Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
  94. 94. Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
  95. 95. Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
  96. 96. Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  97. 97. Diu, Daman and Diu
  98. 98. Kavaratti, Lakshadweep
  99. 99. Bihar, Sharif Bihar

The key features and aspects of all-inclusive development in Smart Cities are:

  • Promotion of mixed land use to ensure more efficient use of lands. It also includes planning for unplanned areas and ensuring that adjacent lands can be used for compatible activities. This also needs and to make modifications in building buying laws.
  • Promote House for all and budget homes and make buying property in India easier for people of lower-income segments.
  • Boosting local economies and commerce to enforce walkable localities. Overall it aims at reducing distances for necessary services which ultimately reduce pollution, traffic jams, and other daily commutation issues.
  • Preservation of open spaces to develop public parks and playgrounds to improve the number of recreational facilities in the area and contribute in go green mission.
  • Introducing and promoting diversified transport options including Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
  • Promoting online services to make governance more transparent and citizen-friendly and cost-effective. This aims at improving accessibility and ease for government services and transparent governance. This also aims at strengthening people’s voice about their experiences and using their feedback to improve the administration and services.
  • Etching the city’s identity by boosting local commerce, art and crafts, culture and sports etc.
  • Introducing Smart Solutions for the betterment of infrastructure and services for area-based development. Making area stronger for disaster and crisis management also includes in the same. 

How Smart Cities Mission would influence the real estate In India?
Development is the key to boost real estate markets hence this mission isn’t less than a booster for the real estate market. Smart City Mission is targeting a holistic development which encourages positive property trends in the city. Whenever a location is improved with overall infrastructural development it invites and improves trade and commercial activities as well. Such developments encourage people to settle in that location which positively influences the real estate trends. Moreover, smart cities mission facilitates civic agencies to provide transparent governance which ensures that resident’s satisfaction with services is on a rising graph. With a better living and amenities, a smart city unquestionably attracts investors and property buyers.

On an optimistic outlook, the real estate sector in India is certainly going to witness that has not happened ever before, as the upcoming smart cities would the market new dimensions to grow.

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    Sooraj Dhas

    22 January, 2019 at 4:53 pm

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    17 January, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Lots of good advice here, on Smart cities of India.

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