Under Area-Based Development, Connaught Place and its extended region will get proirity. Under Pan-NDMC, smart features and citizen-friendly services will be introduced everywhere.

Delhi smart-cityAfter spending Rs 671 crore and 10 long years on redeveloping Connaught Place, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will utilise the ‘Smart City’ fund to improve it further. As part of its dossier submitted to the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), NDMC has proposed to upgrade the ‘550-acre Connaught Place and extended CP area’. This is called the ‘Area-Based Development’, or ABD, programme. Under its two-pronged approach, the rest of its area will be ‘smartened’ under the ‘Pan-NDMC’ programme.

Under ABD, CP and its extended region will get proirity. Under Pan-NDMC, smart features and citizen-friendly services will be introduced everywhere. This includes ‘smart electricity poles’, video surveillance, Wi-Fi, interactive education in NDMC schools, hi-tech hospitals and toilets, automated parking, etc.

Lutyen’s Delhi is one of India’s 20 ‘smart cities’ to be developed under the Centre’s flagship scheme. It figured at rank 12 in the list released by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday. NDMC will be the executing agency and will soon receive Rs 200 crore, the programme’s first instalment. NDMC chairperson Naresh Kumar has already listed a slew of plans – 3D digital mapping, solar city project, waste-to-energy plants, intelligent urban mobility, etc, – to make it “world-class”.

Though NDMC governs just 43.7 square km – about 3 per cent of the National Capital Territory – it houses vital installations like the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, Supreme Court and various foreign diplomatic missions. The government is nearly the sole landowner in the NDMC area and proprietor of about 80 per cent of the buildings. Its upkeep reflects on the nation’s image, a factor that may have frontlisted it in the prestigious race for India’s first 20 ‘smart cities’.

Source from: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/ndmc-to-utilise-smart-city-fund-to-improve-cp-and-its-extended-region/1/582398.html

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