Singapore seeks clarity on Modi's smart city concept
The government has allocated about Rs 7,000 crore so far for the creation of smart cities. This is likely to go up as and when investors, both domestic and international, pour in more money
Aug 30, 2014
Source : Business Standard
Smart City


Singapore: The government of has sought clarity on India’s concept of smart cities, even as it expressed keenness to invest in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s grand plan of creating 100 such cities across the country.

A government official said Singapore had committed assistance in creating some of the smart cities, it is still in the process of “understanding what the (Indian) government actually means by a ‘smart city’, as in whether they want a city to be information technology (IT)-enabled or having a state-of-the-art connectivity”.

A state-of-the-art city is a much larger concept than being IT-enabled, as the former addresses social, economic and environmental concerns as well. IT-enabled services would comprise only five per cent of a of the kind being debated in India.

The official said Singapore is globally regarded as a smart city but the government believes it to be a “garden city”.

He said India needs to address the basic fundamentals of so-called smart cities in terms of sustainable and clean environment, a sound regulatory framework and a robust land bank.

This matter was discussed extensively during the visit of K Shanmugam, Singapore’s foreign minister, to India last month and also during external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to that country.

The Singapore government has also made it clear that it will not be able to help India in creating 100 cities like that but might help in a couple of them, which can be further replicated, based on the needs and requirements of the particular state where they will come up.

For example, there is the iconic Tianjin Knowledge City, which got replicated into Suxhou, Guangzhou and Sichuan in China.

Besides, the official said, cost of creating such cities is another issue depending from state to state. It can take more than a billion dollars to build only one smart city, according to some estimates.

The government has allocated about Rs 7,000 crore so far for the creation of smart cities. This is likely to go up as and when investors, both domestic and international, pour in more money.

Gopinath Pillai, chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, said, “There is lack of clarity in India regarding the concept of smart cities. The government has to elaborate what it actually wants. They should go into the depth of it. Land management has to be done very carefully.”

Modi said in a recent speech that countries are not built on river banks anymore but along highways, with availability of optical fiber networks and next-generation infrastructure.

Latest Realty News

LDA demolishes green patch in a Riverview apartment in Lucknow
Aug 30, 2014
There is no end to civic woes faced by the allottees of Riverview Apartments in Gomtinagar Extension.
GMC to verify parking space
Aug 30, 2014
The Kamrup metro district administration has asked the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) to verify the parking provisions of commercial establishments in the city
CM prod on priority to land disputes
Aug 30, 2014
The state government today directed the district officials to accord priority to disposal of land disputes, which have gained alarming proportions in the past few years
Master plan cure for traffic
Aug 30, 2014
The proposed master plan for Patna metropolitan region can prove to be the panacea for the age-old traffic problems of the city infamous for its narrow streets, worsened by encroachment
BDA goes austere
Aug 30, 2014
Authorities of the development authority, which has been stung by a series of controversies over allotment of land and plots in the city will celebrate the annual day of the organisation on September 1 in an austere manner
Amid shortages, houses remain locked
Aug 30, 2014
Housing is an important sector of the Indian economy with backward and forward linkages with over 260 industries and is a major employment generator only after agriculture. As per estimates of the Central Statistics Office, the housing sector contributes as much as 5 per cent to the GDP of the country.
Boost for builders in new land rule
Aug 30, 2014
In a decision that will help real estate developers use agricultural land, the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday cleared a decision to allow urban land fragmentation in the state. With this, real estate developers will now be allowed to convert pockets of agricultural land for residential or industrial use
Stop construction in IAF zone or will send forces, warns HC
Aug 30, 2014
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday made it clear that if the Haryana police and local authorities failed to stop construction activities in prohibited zones around the Indian Air Force stations in Gurgaon and Faridabad, it would order the deployment of paramilitary forces to check the encroachments
Haryana Janhit Congress vows to return SEZ land to farmers
Aug 30, 2014
A day after snapping its three-year-old ties with BJP, Kuldeep Bishnoi-led Haryana Janhit Congress on Friday announced its manifesto for the assembly elections, vowing to return farmland "unscrupulously" seized in the name of Special Economic Zones in Gurgaon to "original owners".
DLF ordered to pay Rs 4.5 lakh to buyer
Aug 30, 2014
Real estate firm DLF has been ordered to pay over Rs 4.5 lakh to a woman after being found guilty of wrongly taking around Rs 1.5 lakh from her on the basis of forged papers by a consumer forum here which said it was a clear case of "extortion" and "cheating"

Latest Realty News Of State

Realty Talk's