India : Smart city in making: Aligarh gets a chance to unlock its potential

Summary: Athar Pervez, chartered engineer and town planner, raised doubts about the success of the smart city plan. After a certain period, the developed smart city will be handed over to a municipal corporation for maintenance. The inclusion of Aligarh in the smart city list has given the residents hope of a better life as far as civic amenities go. The other two members will be city`s municipal commissioner as chief executive officer and an official of Smart City mission. Municipal commissioner Santosh Kumar Sharma says, “Our responsibilities have increased after the smart city declaration.

The inclusion of Aligarh in the smart city list has given the residents hope of a better life as far as civic amenities go. But the hope is tempered by the realisation that there are multiple challenges in modernising the city. The goal can only be achieved if officials join hands with the people. Municipal commissioner Santosh Kumar Sharma says, “Our responsibilities have increased after the smart city declaration. 

We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure effective execution of the plan to make it a city that lives up to people`s hopes and expectations.” A core area of five square kilometres, comprising old and new city areas, has been demarcated for the ‘area based development’ which will focus on giving people uninterrupted electricity supply, metered water supply, proper drainage facilities, ensure recycling of waste water and solid waste management. Other key elements of the plan are rain water harvesting, ground water recharge, pedestrian friendly footpaths, traffic management, innovative use of open space, water management, industrial development and sustainable socio-economic development.. The pan-city proposal will cover the remaining areas of the city. The city needs to improve its drainage system, sanitation, water supply and traffic to be truly smart. (HT Photo) Mayor Shakuntala Bharti admits the city needs to improve its drainage system, sanitation, water supply and traffic to be truly smart. 

 

Source : https://www.nyoooz.com/news/delhi/878567/smart-city-in-making-aligarh-gets-a-chance-to-unlock-its-potential/

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