What makes Dholera SIR a smart city

Do all of us know what shall be the basic elements of this city and how it shall make a difference to the existing structure of the urban cities of India? Let us have a look at the mandatory elements that an Indian smart city should comprise of.
The interpretation of smart city is different for different people and there is no particular straightforward definition to it. However the key elements as identified by the Urban Development Ministry that shall give Dholera SIR the smart city status are:-

* Utility services- Dholera SIR should have round the clock supply of qualitative utility services such as water and electricity supply, sanitation, sewage, etc.

* Effective transportation – The smart city should be equipped with efficient transportation mechanism with key emphasis on easy availability of public transportation.

* Employment opportunities -Dholera SIR should be able to create ample employment opportunities through increased economic activities to support the residents of the city.

* Basic amenities – Safety of citizens, their healthcare needs and educational requirements are the basic amenities that should be met on priority within Dholera SIR.

* Waste recycling – Proper recycling of waste should be done to minimize waste in the city and conserve energy,water and other natural resources.

Besides the above, another important factor that defines a smart city is effective usage of information and communication technology that shall reduce cost, increase efficiency, enhance performance, improve utilization of resources and help the government be better informed through data analytics and real time usage of data.

To give an overview, Dholera SIR is spread over 920 square kilometers of land near Ahmedabad district in Gujarat. It has been conceptualized by Mr. Narendra Modi and envisaged as six times the size of Shanghai and twice the size of Mumbai. The city shall boast of state of art infrastructure, premium civic amenities, and impressive connectivity through a robust transport mechanism and extensive usage of information and communication technology.

The city shall be built in three phases and shall be completely developed by the year 2040. Trunk infrastructure activities have already begun in Dholera SIR with Rs. 2,784 funding received from the central government. State government has contributed by sanctioning 22.5 square kilometers land for this work. Rs. 1,700 crores has also been awarded to L&T for building roads and services in the region.

Dholera SIR shall be one of its kind and the only Greenfield project amongst the 100 smart cities being developed in India; the largest and quickest of all indeed.

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Hard Rock Cafe Darling Harbour Media And Celebs Event; Sydney, Australia by Eva Rinaldi

The world famous Hard Rock Cafe has returned to ‘Sin City’ Sydney with a vengeance, based on tonight’s launch event at the brand new Darling Harbour venue.

Hard Rock put on quite a show and rolled out the celebrities and live music including: Hamish Dodds, Matt Sorum, Dave Rich, DJ Lethal, Stan Walker, Angry Anderson, L Huntly, Sarah McLoed, Hamish Rosser, Altiyan Childs, Kris Peterson and Stim McLean. Most of them had turns smashing guitars, which is a trademark of opening new Hard Rock Cafes.

We all know that the cost of living and setting up a business in Sydney is considerable, but Hard Rock is certain their latest Australian venture will be a smashing (as in guitar) success. Sydney is one of the busiest markets anywhere globally for the Hard Rock Cafe, says the global chief of the music-themed burgers and ribs franchise.

Hamish Dodds, prez and chief exec of Hard Rock International, advised staffing costs down under in Australia make Hard Rock’s Sydney operations expensive compared with other global locations, and they are comparing to its other 172 venues which include cafes, hotels and even land based casinos. Yes, casinos, but Australia’s The Star and Crown Casino need not worry, as they have no plans for gaming in Australia – at least not any they are talking about.

Hard Rock International is owned by the well known and respected Seminole American Indian tribe, which purchased the global Hard Rock brand in 2007 after successfully running two Hard Rock hotel and casino operations in Florida in the U.S.

"For us this is an English-speaking country and people understand the history of rock," Mr Dodds said in Sydney on Tuesday ahead of the grand opening of the 500-seat venue in the Darling Harbour entertainment hotbed.

"Part of the downside of this market is it’s a mature economy – staffing costs in this market are very different to what we would experience in India.

"I would say the price mark-up here is about 50 per cent higher than the US – this is probably one of the most expensive markets we have in our portfolio."

Mr Dodds advised the Sydney Hard Rock Cafe was priced at a similar level to comparable restaurants in the area and he expected business to be brisk, averaging between 300 to 700 main meals a day.

Sydney would be among the top ten performers in the global network, he said, and among the top five of franchised outlets.

Tonight signified a return to Sydney for the Hard Rock franchise, which closed its previous venue in East Sydney in 2007.

Mr Dodds said Hard Rock had returned to Sydney with a revised and smarter strategy.

He said the former business was in a great location for the 1980s when the brand was fresh and people would go to the Hard Rock Cafe.

"Copycats harmed Hard Rock’s own business and the market changed to the point where we found ourselves in a B minus location and to a degree we lost a bit of relevance", Mr Dodds said.

The firm bought back its Sydney franchise in 2007 and has been revived by director and franchise holder Lennie Huntly, former GM of the Sydney business during the 90s.

Mr Huntly, who also holds the franchise for the Hard Rock Cafe in Surfers Paradise, said he had been thinking about re-opening a Sydney Hard Rock Cafe since the last one closed.

The waterfront location and views over Darling Harbour are a huge plus and soon a live music stage and 600-person music area will be rocking and rolling.

"We are focused on not only being about lunch and dinner," he said.

Mr Huntly also has the rights to open venues in Melbourne, Cairns and Perth. Melbourne’s former venue closed in 2007, but that doesn’t mean it will return with a hit.

Well done to the good folks at Hard Rock Cafe and we look forward to meeting up with the great guys and girls there again soon. Rock on.


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