Delhi-Mumbai Indl Corridor to benefit GNoida

कॉरिडोर के दोनों किनारे बसेंगे नए शहर
18 Jan 2011, 0400 hrs IST

प्रमुख संवाददाता ॥ ग्रेटर नोएडा
ग्रेटर नोएडा के दादरी से शुरू हो रहे दिल्ली-मुंबई इंडस्ट्रियल कॉरिडोर के निर्माण में फाइनेंशल सपोर्ट के लिए जापान से सैद्धांतिक मंजूरी मिल गई है। इस संबंध में सोमवार को दिल्ली में एक अहम मीटिंग हुई है। अगले 6 महीने के अंदर इस प्रोजेक्ट पर काम शुरू होने की उम्मीद जताई जा रही है। कॉरिडोर के दोनों ओर 5-6 नए शहर बसाने की योजना बनाई गई है।

ग्रेटर नोएडा के दादरी से प्रस्तावित दिल्ली-मुंबई कॉरिडोर के साथ-साथ कई विश्वस्तरीय प्रोजेक्ट भी शुरू होने हैं। कॉरिडोर में जापान भी आर्थिक सहयोग करने जा रहा है। अधिकारिक सूत्रों के अनुसार मीटिंग में रेलवे के साथ-साथ जापान के प्रतिनिधि भी शामिल हुए। इसमें प्रोजेक्ट के विस्तार के संबंध में चर्चा की गई। जापान ने डीएमआईसी प्रोजेक्ट को फाइनैंस करने की सैद्धांतिक मंजूरी दे दी है। करीब 1483 किलोमीटर लंबे इस प्रोजेक्ट के दोनों ओर यूपी, हरियाणा, मध्य प्रदेश, राजस्थान, गुजरात और महाराष्ट्र में 5 से 6 नए शहर बसाने की योजना बनाई गई है। इस पर अगले 6 माह के अंदर काम शुरू हो जाएगा। कॉरिडोर का 35 किलोमीटर हिस्सा गौतमबुद्धनगर में पड़ता है। इसके दोनों ओर 150-150 किलोमीटर एरिया में उद्यमियों को इससे फायदा होगा।
इस प्रोजेक्ट के साथ-साथ नोएडा और ग्रेटर नोएडा में 11 अर्ली बर्ड प्रोजेक्ट्स भी शुरू होंगे। इसके लिए यूपी सरकार और दिल्ली-मुंबई इंडस्ट्रियल कॉरिडोर ऑफ डिवेलपमेंट कॉरपोरेशन (डीएमआईसीडीसी) के बीच एमओयू साइन हो चुका है। इन प्रोजेक्ट्स में जेवर एयरपोर्ट भी शामिल है। इसके अलावा इनमें दादरी-तुगलकाबाद दिल्ली-बल्लभगढ रेल लिंक, नोएडा-ग्रेटर नोएडा-फरीदाबाद एक्सप्रेस-वे, जेवर के प्रस्तावित एयरपोर्ट तक रेल लिंक, नोएडा के सिटी सेंटर का विकास, नोएडा में आटो मार्ट का निर्माण, ग्रेटर नोएडा में पावर प्लांट, नोएडा से ग्रेटर नोएडा होते हुए जेवर तक मेट्रो का विकास, नोएडा की प्रस्तावित मल्टीलेवल पार्किंग, ग्रेटर नोएडा का लॉजिस्टिक हब और बोडाकी रेलवे जंक्शन का विकास है।


Building Anew

Jan 17, 2011, 12.00am IST

Managing urban development to keep pace with internal migration is a major challenge for India. As more people shift from agriculture to industry and services, cities are faced with a massive influx of migrants. Given limited capacities, urban infrastructure is bursting at the seams. World Bank projections show urban centres accounting for 40% of India’s population by 2030 and crossing 50% by 2040-45. Given our traditional lacklustre attitude towards urban development – thanks to a political bias in favour of rural India – our cities are looking at bleak futures unless we tackle the issue now.
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It is in this backdrop that the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project to build new futuristic cities assumes significance. Expansion of existing urban metropolises is insufficient to deal with demand. By 2020, there will be a shortfall of 30 million urban dwelling units, 200 million water connections and 160 GW of power. In many cases, such as Delhi and Kolkata, expansion is simply not possible due to constraints on land. Short of Baron Haussmann’s forcible renovation of Paris in the 19th century to decongest the French capital, building new cities from scratch is the best way to quickly create urban infrastructure.

Based on model urban cities such as Suzhou in China and Songdo in South Korea, the DMIC project envisages a total of 24 ‘smart cities’ spanning six states. On completion, they will boast of state-of-the-art infrastructure with centrally integrated civic services such as water, power and sewage disposal. The lesson from the Delhi experience is that a multiplicity of authorities only leads to confusion in urban development. A central body that oversees all services will be far more efficient in coordinating public works and repair. An integrated, accessible public transport system is the foundation of smart cities and a much-needed antidote to the chaos that the burgeoning number of private vehicles is creating in urban India. This entails creating multiple transportation options that smoothly feed into each other. Energy efficiency and clean technology must be the watchwords.

All of these will only be possible if there is sufficient devolution of power in favour of strong city governments. Whether it is New York, London or Tokyo, great cities have empowered local councils to manage affairs of development. Mumbai is a classic example of a city where infrastructure woes are directly linked to the absence of an effective local government besides negligence of state authorities. New cities must be provided with strong mayoral institutions to avoid a similar fate. For inclusive growth, we need new cities not just along the DMIC corridor but in the rest of the country as well.

Read more: Building Anew – The Times of India

Delhi-Mumbai corridor to spawn 7 ‘smart’ cities

TNN, Jan 15, 2011,

NEW DELHI: India`s Shanghai dream has shifted base, from Mumbai to the futuristic cities that are being planned along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Masterplans are ready for seven brand new cities spanning six states in what will be the biggest urban development project since Chandigarh was built in 1953.
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The blueprints are inspired by industrial hubs in China and South Korea and have the potential of revolutionizing the country`s urban landscape with the introduction of what modern town planners call “smart city“ concepts.

Their key features are compact, vertical developments, an efficient public transportation system, the use of digital technology to create smart grids for better management of civic infrastructure, recycling of sewage water for industrial use, green spaces, cycle tracks and easy accessibility to goods, services and activities designed to foster a sense of community.

Plans are also in place to integrate these cities through new airports, new rail links and arteries of ten-lane highways. The creation of a new urban vision was not the original intention, though. The DMIC was an economic and commercial initiative of the government, intended to boost manufacturing through the development of industrial centres along the western leg of the Mumbai-Delhi-Kolkata dedicated railway freight corridor.

“As we went along and looked at the international experience, we realized that we needed to go beyond that,” said Amitabh Kant, CEO and managing director of the DMIC Development Corporation. “We needed to create new generation cities in which people can live, work and play. We needed cities with outstanding infrastructure and quality of life.”

Experts from the US, UK, Singapore and the Netherlands were called in and what emerged could radically change the approach towards urbanization in a country that is considered a “reluctant urbaniser“ compared to other Asian countries.

A total of 24 such new generation cities are being planned for phased development across UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The first phase will see seven of them opening their doors by 2018-19. The processes of acquiring land, getting government clearances and generating investment have already started.

The estimated cost of building the new cities varies from Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 75,000 crore at current prices, depending on their size. The central and state governments will carry the burden of financing trunk infrastructure while a public-private partnership model is being tried out for the first time to build houses, schools, hospitals and other facilities.

The masterplans for the cities are unique in that an effort has been made to look at the future by putting in infrastructure ahead of the demand. “We have planned for 2040,” said Kant.

Some of the ideas are truly innovative. For instance, each city will have underground utility corridors for parking, sewage disposal and communication lines to give it a neat look and leave enough space for facilities that are missing in most existing cities, like pavements, parks and cycle tracks.

The transportation axis is designed to discourage the use of private vehicles. The emphasis will be on dedicated bus and light rail corridors. The rule that the planners have tried to follow is that some form of public transport should be available within a 10-minute walk from home or office.

The city plan is polycentric with mixed land use so that residents can live, shop and relax close to their place of work.

Read more: Delhi-Mumbai corridor to spawn 7 ‘smart’ cities – The Times of India


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