Are you from a Smart City? The hashtags can well relate to the increasing demand for living in Smart Cities.The United Nations’ World Cities Report predicts that by 2050 over 70 percent of the world’s population will be living and working in cities.

Smart cities simply stand out as a way to make cities more liveable and functional. And rolling out to live in the exclusive IT enabled city a lot of planning takes place. The sync of the master plan for a city to undertake a project of such broad scope is a quite challenging. Many barriers exist. Despite the issues inherent in master planning to tackle smart community initiatives, sometimes the main obstacle is knowing where to start and applying strategic thinking to build a cohesive, long-term plan. By using the information and steps laid by Global Compact Network India – Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) framework for Governance of Smart Cities out here, putting together a plan to begin the implementation of smart city technologies may be easier than you thought.

Master Planning based on conventional principles has led to a static built environment, which is largely disconnected from the rapidly changing socio-economic conditions in the urban areas of India. To overcome this, disconnect, State Governments resort to changing land use and building regularization schemes to legalize buildings/land use in contravention of existing Master Plans.

Such frequent amendments to land use/ building regulations, even if justified, have unintended detrimental consequences that include encouraging frequent violations of regulations, opening opportunities for rent seeking, making advance infrastructure planning impossible, requiring expensive retrofits and redevelopment programs leading to revenue shortfalls for cash-strapped urban local bodies and preventing innovation in building designs.

Smart city Master Plan will have following areas:

  • City Profile – Quality of life,Administrative efficiency,SWOT, Strategic focus and blueprint, city vision and goals, citizen engagement.
  • Area Based Proposal – Key components, Smart urban form/ solutions,Convergence agenda and its implementation,Risks, Success factors,Measurable impact.
  • Pan city Proposal – Demand assessment,inclusion, frugal innovation, risk mitigation, convergence area, convergence implementation,Success factors, Benefits delivered, Measurable impact.
  • Implementation Plan – Plan, Scenarios, SPV details, Stakeholder roles,convergence, Public Private Partnership framework.
  • Financing Plan – Itemized cost, Resources plan, costs, Revenue and Pay back, Recovery of Operation and Management, Financial timeline, fall back plan.

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