CIDCO MD Sanjay Bhatia announced the launch of India’s first smart city in Navi Mumbai. Though it was not part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan for 100 smart cities, it would be the first such project announced in the country. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will make the official announcement for smart city ‘Navi Mumbai South’ on Friday.
“This will be the launch of the first smart city in the country. CIDCO will finance the project,” said CIDCO MD Sanjay Bhatia. Bhatia said that Fadnavis would also announce 88 other projects at Friday’s event, which will be attended by municipal commissioners of the 100 smart cities proposed under the prime minister’s plan. Navi Mumbai is seeing a major infrastructure push. It will be home to the new international airport and four metro corridors. Officials have also proposed extending the Palm Beach Road from Ghansoli to Airoli. CIDCO is also constructing two heliports.
The city planning authority plans to spend Rs 110 crore to set up a CCTV camera network in Navi Mumbai South. The contours of India’s first major smart city are taking shape over a 75 sq km area encompassing seven nodes in Navi Mumbai, and one new township abutting the upcoming airport. The brownfield project (developing on existing facilities) including Panvel, Dronagiri, Kamothe, Kalamboli, Kharghar, Ulwe and Taloja nodes, and the greenfield project Pushpak Nagar (2.5 sq km) near the airport will be developed by Cidco at a cost of about Rs 35,000 crore. Equipped with smart roads, transport, security , tech-driven, citizen-friendly administration, Cidco Navi Mumbai South is expected by 2019.
The infrastructure projects include the international airport, the fourth container terminal at JNPT, new railways, metro, highways, etc. Navi Mumbai South, which comprises seven nodes, currently has a population of six lakh. “The infrastructure (see box) that is being laid out will cater to a population of 20 lakh, a majority of residents being high net worth individuals. The high point of this financially and environmentally sustainable city will be the quality of life it will offer,” said V Radha, the joint managing director, Cidco.
From a complete infrastructure to supply fully treated sewage water with green and red pipelines (Navi Mumbai currently discharges treated sewage water into the sea as it does not have the infrastructure to allow its utilisation) to ensuring the use of technology in delivering governance have been incorporated in the smart city plan.
Cidco has completed its Business Process Re-engineering. ” All cleared files, every information on land is online and in the public domain. We will be launching our auto DCR on Thursday . Its biggest highlight is self-certification.Every construction will be minutely filmed, the architect of the building will be on record on compliances and people will be able to make an informed purchase,” she said.
Green spaces are a given along with a marina and, most importantly , Cidco said it will create 55,000 affordable housing where each flat will be priced at Rs 15 to Rs 24 lakh . These flats will be only for the economically weaker sections and the low income groups and being constructed on no-profit no-loss basis. The focus is on Transit-Oriented Development so housing and commercial zones will come up around the metro-railway network.
Managing director Bhatia said Cidco now plans to venture out as a smart city consultant and can guide cities that are looking to upgrade. “Under the central government’s smart city scheme, an area of a city will be developed as a smart city and some schemes may be pan city . In our smart cities, all the projects will be pan city ,” he said. Corporations can take away ideas from the conference on what can be done to improve infrastructure and services.