Aizawl, Oct 14: Aizawl, the state capital of Mizoram is among the list of 98 cities, released by the union government, that are to be developed as “smart cities”, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Minister Zodintluanga today said.
Speaking to media in a press conference here, Zodintluanga said that the centre has already sanctioned Rs 200 lakhs for preparation of smart city proposal for Aizawl and ArkiTechno Consultants (India) Pvt. Ltd has been selected from the central’s panel to work out the proposal.
In a move aimed at enhancing the quality of urban life, Smart City Mission was launched by the Indian Prime Minister on 25 June, 2015. Subsequently the Centre on 27 August announced the names of 98 cities selected for the Modi government’s flagship smart cities project and included Aizawl to be developed as smart city.
Citing about the main objective of Smart City Mission, UD & PA Minister Zodintluanga said it is to promote cities that provide 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 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, and health and education.
The Mission will cover 100 cities and its duration will be five years (FY2015-16 to FY2019-20). The central government proposes to give financial support to the extent of Rs 500 crore to these cities over the next five years. “While the centre is planning to go with the funding pattern of 50:50, appeal is being made to fix at 90:10 for the North Eastern states”, Zodintluanga said. Smart City Mission will be launched on area based development. The strategic components of Area-based development in the Smart Cities Mission are city improvement (retrofitting), city renewal (redevelopment) and city extension (Greenfield development) plus a Pan-city initiative in which Smart Solutions are applied covering larger parts of the city.