Long Way to Go before becoming a Smart City
Udaipur has to compete with six other cities in Rajasthan, to be among the top 4 in the state for the Smart City race
PM Modi launched the Smart City project on Thursday in the presence of representatives of various cities vying for being a part of the list of 100 Cities. However, the names of the cities were not announced as the participants will need to perform in a quality test of 100 marks and the top cities will be selected for the Smart City project.
Udaipur has to compete with six other cities in Rajasthan, to be among the top 4 in the state for the Smart City race.
We hence need to realise that before being promoted to a Smart City, residents and administration have to create an ideal environment in the city. Strong Civic sense is an important catalyst to take us toward being a Smart City. Current situation in the city is very obvious to all – the traffic conditions, situation at heritage sites, lakes and palaces.
To be considered an ideal city – Smart not withstanding, Udaipur has to ensure its ideal performance in areas viz. Public Services; Electricity and Water; Water Management Systems; Cleanliness; Health Services and Internet Connectivity.
As per guidelines issued by the Ministry of Urban Development, a Smart City once developed will have the following features:
Better Employment opportunities; Transport services (should not take more than 45 minutes to go from one part of the city to another; Min 2 meter wide Footpaths on all roads; Residential areas to have bus or train connectivity at max 800 meters or 10 min distance; most residential areas should be so equipped that a schools and parks are available in close proximity (400 meters); Internet / WiFi Connectivity; Sewerage and Waste Management facilities; 15% of developed areas to be for educational institutes; 20% houses to be for the economically weaker sections; 24 hour electriity and water supply and overall an Improved Life Style