Govt spells out ‘Smart City’ features

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smart city-FPrime Minister Narendra Modi had announced his vision to set up 100 smart cities across the country soon after coming to power last year.

The Union Minister for Urban Development, M Venkaiah Naidu, while releasing the list of 98 cities selected for being developed into smart cities, also spelt out the features of a Smart City.

Naidu said that the objectives to promote cities include providing core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ solutions.

The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model, which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities, the minister underlined.

The core infrastructure elements in a Smart City would include:

* Adequate water supply

*Assured electricity supply

*Sanitation, including solid waste management

*Efficient urban mobility and public transport

*Affordable housing, especially for the poor

*Robust IT connectivity and digitalization

*Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation

*Sustainable environment

*Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly

*Health and education

For the entire list of features of a ‘smart city’, click here.

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