However, the recent years have been witness to the thinning of boundaries of the two distinct parts of India. The main reason for the same has been migration in abundance from the rural India to urban one as people have become desirous of seeking better employment opportunities that can help them raise their earning bar. Though agriculture still remains the number one industry in our country, industrialization has paved way for better opportunities in the cities. While the lateral shift helped in better income levels, the perils of rapid urbanization soon followed.
With increased rate of urbanization, the existing cities were overburdened leaving the residents in a situation where their standard of living fell incessantly. Thus arose the need for an immediate and a sustainable solution to this issue which came in form of creation of 100 smart cities; the first one being Dholera SIR.
These cities shall work on a dual concept which is better termed as rurbanization. While they shall be equipped with latest and state-of-art amenities, the soul of the cities shall remain rural. With Dholera SIR Gujarat being the maiden smart city, it also is the biggest and only Greenfield project amongst the 100 smart cities to be developed in India. The city shall cover 920 square kilometers, 100 kilometers from Ahmedabad. It also draws immense importance due its being close to the DMIC corridor which shall soon be the industrial backbone of India.
Similar to other smart cities, Dholera SIR shall widely use Information and Communication Technology for smarter functioning. Real time monitoring and usage of data to create efficiency within the administrative systems shall also be important towards conservation of natural resources and reduction of cost. Green building concept shall also be introduced in the smart city which shall be built keeping sustainable environment and healthier living in mind.
The city shall be developed in three phases and is expected to get completed by the year 2040. As per execution in-charge ‘Aecom’, the city can be expected to be good for residing shortly and should be home to about 1 lakh residents by the year 2019.Dholera SIR is being planned as a city with uncompromised infrastructure and superlative amenities and civic utilities which shall soon be an inspiration for the upcoming smart cities.
The planners and architects appointed for development of the maiden smart city are vigorously at task and shall hopefully present to the Indians a ‘Dholera SIR’ that could only be a part of someone’s imagination a few years ago.
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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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The India Smart Cities Challenge is a competition designed to inspire and support municipal officials as they develop smart proposals to improve residents’ lives. 100 cities will compete in the first round – with the best proposals receiving funding from the Ministry of Urban Development.
To learn more, visit: http://www.smartcitieschallenge.in/
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