Faridabad and Karnal for Smart city top 20: In proposal, ‘intelligent’ traffic systems, better IT connectivity

The two cities were among the first 100 selected by the Centre to be smart cities.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: December 9, 2015 2:49:06 am

INTELLIGENT TRAFFIC services, improved IT connectivity and better sanitation facilities are some of the areas of focus that are likely to be part of the smart city proposals for Karnal and Faridabad, which are vying for a slot in the top 20 cities, which will receive funding in the first phase. The two cities were among the first 100 selected by the Centre to be smart cities.

The proposals will be given a final nod in a meeting scheduled for this week. They have to be submitted to the Centre by December 15.
In Faridabad, residents have voted for better Information Technology (IT) connectivity, intelligent government services and energy efficiency. Some areas have been selected for retrofitting. As per the draft proposal, in areas picked for retrofitting, proposed innovations include assured electricity supply with 10 per cent of smart energy requirement to be derived from solar energy.

Setting up of a university is among the other proposals. Improved solid waste management facilities and smart public toilets have also been mooted. A toll-free integrated helpline for police, fire and ambulance would be provided. CCTV cameras would be installed. It is proposed to have no vehicle streets/zones. Development of pedestrian friendly pathways and encouragement of non-motorised transport is also among the proposals.
Faridabad MLA Vipul Goel said the Smart City proposal is almost finalised. “The areas for retrofitting have been selected. The focus will be on development of infrastructure development, slum rehabilitation and better waste management. We have had a meeting earlier and were ahead of Karnal where our proposal was concerned. I am sure we will make it to the top 20,” Goel said.

Karnal, the constituency of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, is being projected as the city of “Danveer Karan”. It has coined the slogan “Sabse Aage Karnal” as it vies to be part of the top 20. Among the suggestions that have been received from the residents is that there should be proper waste management. The need for round-the-clock water supply and more efficient public transport system are among the other suggestions of Karnal’s residents.
City Mayor Renu Bala Gupta says that the focus will be on highlighting its historical importance along with the development that can take place. “Suggestions of the people will be kept in mind. There is a demand for better local transport facilities. There are several e-services that are already present in Karnal. These would be strengthened,” she said.

A senior official of the Urban Local Bodies Department said that the proposals will be discussed in a meeting to be chaired by the Chief Secretary and the final approval given.

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