What is Smart City
The first question is what is meant by a ‘Smart City’.
The answer is, there is no universally accepted definition of a Smart City. It means different things to different people. The conceptualisation of Smart City, therefore, varies from city to city and country to country, depending on the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and aspirations of the city residents.
11 cities have been selected in Tamil Nadu to be developed as ‘Smart Cities’. The selected Smart Cities are Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Thanjavur, Salem, Vellore, Tirupur, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli & Erode.
A Smart City would have a different connotation in India than, say, Europe. Even in India, there is no one way of defining a Smart City.In the approach of the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ solutions.
The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities.
The Smart Cities Mission of the Government is a bold, new initiative. It is meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City, catalysing the creation of similar Smart Cities in various regions and parts of the country.
Please refer http://smartcities.gov.in/ for more information
For thoothukudi https://smartcities.gov.in/node/178
Overview of Thoothukudi Smart City Limited
Government of India has launched the Smart City Mission to cover 100 smart cities with a stipulated time period of 3 years covering retrofitting, Area based development and pan city solution. In regard to this Government of Tamil Nadu along with Local Administration and Water Supply Department has given the administration sanction vide G.O.M.S.N.112 for 12 cities and Thoothukudi Corporation is one among them. G.O has been released for the following works which are to be completed by 2017-2022 at a cost of Rs.1279.61 Crores.
- Area Based Development
- Economic Development
- Solar and LED street lights
- Slum Redevelopment
- AIT Connectivity & Digitalization
- Non-Motorized Transport & Walkability
- Sewage & Septage
- Social sector Health & Education
- Solid Waste Management
- Storm Water Drain
- Urban Transport
- Water Supply
To implement the above schemes the Corporation and Water Supply Department with respect to the G.O.No.109, 24.10.2014 by the Central Government has formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).