MANILA • Driverless cars, sprawling parks, a state-of-the-art railway and disaster-proof infrastructure. These are just some of the highly anticipated features of New Clark City, a flagship project in the US$180 billion (S$246 billion) "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure agenda of the Philippines. Located 100km north of Metro Manila, New Clark City is designed to become the country's first smart and green metropolis - an antidote to the pollution and congestion of the hyper-dense capital region.
Across Asia, including in Asean, dozens of similar eco-cities are being built from the ground up.
There is Meikarta Satellite City, a mega residential township in the greater Jakarta region that has been dubbed Indonesia's Silicon Valley. New Songdo City is a US$40 billion smart city built on 600ha of reclaimed land 56km south-west of Seoul. India alone will see the creation of multiple greenfield developments, as part of its quest to develop 100 smart cities by 2020.
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