In an interaction with INFRASTRUCTURE TODAY, Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMICDC) believes that the detailed planning of these cities addresses the distribution of social and physical infrastructure, besides ensuring provision of open spaces and parks, and housing for the economically-weaker sections (EWSs) based on a consultative process engaging the locals.
While planning greenfield smart cities, it is essential to identify them around key economic drivers like existing or planned industrial hubs, SEZs, transport nodes, major ports, and in the vicinity of major developed cities. Environmental sustainability should be the defining focus of the overall urban planning and management. Other major elements include enhancement of quality of life, employment generation, creation of investment opportunities, and export potential.
The formation of a single separate SPV in the case of such greenfield projects helps overcome the challenges of inter-departmental cooperation and coordination that other exiting cities face and, most importantly, sets a transparent governance structure for effective operation and management.
The SPV will host all city services and applications, ranging from public services to public safety. The seamless interface structure will aim to achieve proactive governance in these cities.
- RAHUL KAMAT