By Accommodation Times News Services
Government has announced the list of 98 Smart Cities included under Smart Cities Mission, the ambitious mission of NDA government is taking up shape. The government has shown its commitment in the development of smart cities to change the urban landscape of the country, but what are the actual benefits of smart cities, what all development and changes it will ensure and what challenges it can face are still bit unclear.
Following are the views of the experts and industry professionals of benefits and challenges of Smart Cities
Shri M Venkaiah Naidu- Union Urban Development Minister- “A smart city would ensue core infrastructure needed for decent living in urban areas. We are not aiming at making our urban landscape look fanciful and flashy. The prime objective is to enhance the quality of urban life by addressing deficiencies in core infrastructure. Expectations in various quarters may be high but the Mission is very practical and realistic in its intentions and objectives.”
Shri Saurabh Mehrotra – National Director, Advisory Services, Knight Frank India– “This is a very good example of a participatory approach between the centre and the state. What has emerged is a rich mix of urban India comprising, a wide range of urban agglomerations where the population base is as high as 1.25 crore to as low as 12,000. The smart city solutions identified for the selected cities would have a far reaching demonstration effect for the entire range of towns and cities across India. This will trigger urban redevelopment, rejuvenation and infrastructure augmentation, apart from providing smart technology based solutions with are not capital intensive and have the highest returns on quality of life.”
Shri Devendra Kumar Pant- Chief Economist at India Ratings & Research– “Selection of smart cities is first step. Major challenge is to provide quality urban services such as 24X7 water supply, sanitation, drainage, solid waste management, sewage treatment. Looking at finances of urban local bodies, which are far from healthy, provision of these services will be challenging. Levying of user charges to recover cost of provision of these services will be crucial to maintain quality of these services. In the process of smart cities focus should not divert from providing urban services in other cities and make them more liveable.”
Shri Hemant Tikoo, Chairman, Experion Developers Pvt. Ltd. -“The announcement of names of 98 smart cities today, by Honorable Prime Minister, is a step further towards recasting the urban landscape of the country by making cities more livable and inclusive, besides driving the economic growth. The initiative certainly augurs well for the real estate industry.”