The PMC has decided to develop 1,000 acre of Aundh-Baner along with part of Balewadi under the smart city plan.
“Aundh-Baner along with part of Balewadi was selected from among the 11 areas shortlisted for development after taking inputs from all legislators and feedback from residents. The selected area will be developed as a model to be replicated in other places,” said Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade.
Under the smart city mission, the 98 shortlisted cities have been asked to submit an area-based plan as well as a pan-city initiative to apply smart solutions. Accordingly, the PMC had sought the participation of residents to identify issues related to the city and the solutions for these.
The area-based plans should either include city improvement (retrofitting), city renewal (redevelopment) or city extension (greenfield development). “The PMC has decided to prepare a plan of retrofitting Aundh-Baner area, as there is a scope for civic development there, without altering the existing infrastructure,” Dhankawade said. He added that the PMC could not prepare a plan for greenfield development as the selected area did not have the amount of land required for the purpose as per the Union government guidelines.
Dhankawade said the main focus was to create necessary civic amenities to improve the area.
Moreover, the area has residents of all socio-economic backgrounds. Slums exist along side high-rise buildings and old village areas. A sports stadium, IT industry and educational institutes are present in the area. It is also the entry point to the city from Mumbai.
The PMC would prepare development proposals for the area with the help of experts and send it to the Union government for final approval for competing among the top 10 cities of the 98 shortlisted for development into probable smart cities, Dhankawade said.