The Smart Cities Mission ensures that systems and regulations that balance growth, business friendliness and public interest are in place, say Upendra Joshi and Shivanshu Thaplyal.
At the moment, we have two new projects. We are working on a project on semi-high speed train to improve the travel time between Delhi and Chandigarh. This involves our recommending ways to reduce the trip to two hours instead of the present four. We are also cooperating on stations. Stations are living spaces and not just places where people come and go.
Let me clarify that the term Â´Smart CityÂ´ does not denote scale. We can have small Smart Cities and large Smart Cities, both successful. The Mass Rapid Transport System or MRTS is really meant for large cities which have the population and economic density to sustain such expensive infrastructure
The Central government approved Smart Cities Mission involves the development of one hundred smart cities in India. One of the most important elements of smart city infrastructure is economical and environment friendly mass scale rapid public transport system.
The Union Petroleum and and Natural Gas Minister Marpadi Veerappa Moily has said that his ministry alone can save about 600 litre of petrol and diesel worth over Rs 40,000 by travelling by public transport. He traveled by the Delhi Metro rail on October 9.
Former RBI Governor YV Reddy would head the 14th Finance Commission, which was set up by the government to study the pricing of public utilities, disinvestment, GST compensation, sale of non-priority PSUs and subsidies. The panel would submit its report by October 31, 2014 and its recommendations would apply for the period