Delhi government plans to take up 20-30 cities during the next financial year under its flagship scheme to develop smart cities. Sources said there would be some minimum pre-qualification for the cities to make it to the elite club.
According to sources there will be three approaches – retrofitting, redevelopment and green-field development. Under the retrofitting scheme, a city can undertake an area of minimum 500 acres and can implement the scheme in three years. Under a redevelopment scheme, a 50 acre area can be taken as a model. Similarly, in the case of green-field development, the project area can be a vacant land spread over at least 250 acres and can be completed in 10 years.
Sources said while selecting cities, their performance in ‘Swachh Bharat’ scheme and the initiatives taken for good governance –at least 50% tax collection and 60% assessment of properties to name a few– would be considered.
Government has set a target to develop 100 smart cities. Sources said the Centre wants the cities to be aligned with the objectives of other flagship schemes including ‘Swachh Bharat’ Mission, Digital India, Make in India, Urban Livelihoods and Shelter for All.