Delhi to Get Nation’s First ‘Smart City’

New Delhi: Delhi will get the country’s first “smart city,” Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has said.

“We want to make Delhi a truly global city, having all the latest and modern amenities, and facilities that any other global city like London or San Francisco has. We want to have world-class entertainment venues like Disneyland or Universal Studios here,” Naidu said.

Naidu said Delhi would be the first smart city under Narendra Modi-led government’s plans to set up 100 such cities across the country.

Naidu’s announcement came during an address at an event organized by the Delhi Development Authority Saturday.

DDA Vice Chairman Balvinder Kumar outlined the plans for the smart city.

The smart city would be a complete sub-city, which would be located in an area of 20-24 hectares, zoned out of Dwarka, Rohini and Narela, and will be equipped with latest technologies and waste-management techniques.

The smart city will have world-class infrastructure, 24-hour power supply, complete Wi-fi connectivity, and employ green technology and latest water conservation techniques like rain-harvesting and waste management techniques, Kumar said.

“Delhi is the heart of India and the first smart city would come up here. The city of Barcelona in Spain has also promised technological support to us in our effort in this direction,” Naidu said.

“I saw the city of Barcelona, and apart from modern buildings, they have also preserved their old architecture. We also want to preserve our traditional architecture that India is so richly endowed with, even as we embrace modernity.”

Source: India West
Dated: 5th January 2015

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