NEW DELHI: The Urban Development Ministry has identified six small towns in hilly regions of the country to develop them as smart cities. The ministry has also stated that they will come up with the list of 100 smart cities in a month’s time.
“All our existing hill stations were developed by Britishers and today these places are overcrowded. We are exploring ways to develop smart city in these areas as Greenfield project while for the rest it will be Brownfield project,” said senior IAS officer.
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu took a review meeting on smart cities on Wednesday and asked the official to expedite the process of identifying the cities. The ministry has divided the ambitious smart cities project under two sub categories such as Greenfield and Brownfield projects. Under Greenfield projects, new factories, power plants, airports and other basic amenities will be developed from scratch. “The new cities will be placed under this project,” said the officer.
The cities, where facilities already exist and we have only to modify or upgrade, would be under Brownfield projects, the officer said. Smart City will entail facilities like continuous water supply, modern sewerage system, solid waste management and infrastructure development among other advanced facilities. “The total estimate of investment requirements for providing these services is estimated to be around `7.5 lakh crore over 20 years which means it requires `35,000 crore in a year,” said the officer.