Tenders for three smart cities have already been rolled out by finance secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. These tenders are for design, construction, roads, landscaping and district administration buildings after which the cities can be formally launched for construction and developmental activities.
Shendra Bidkin near Aurangabad, Maharashtra is the third city after Dholera SIR in Gujarat and The Integrated Industrial Township Vikram Udyogpuri in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh for which government had approved rolling out the tender. The smart cities for which the tendering process shall now be started include Integrated Industrial Township in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, and Global City in Gurgaon, Haryana.
As per an official, the government shall invite engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tenders worth Rs. 300 crore for Integrated Industrial Township Vikram Udyogpuri in Ujjain and worth Rs. 450 crore for Integrated Industrial Township in Greater Noida. Speaking about the smart cities, the official stated that “These cities hold a huge potential of having upsides as a result of initial investments into trunk infrastructure, which will again be ploughed back to fund other trunk infrastructure projects under the corridor development plan.”
Development work has begun in the smart cities of Shendra Bidkin and Dholera Special Investment Region(the first smart city of India). Trunk infrastructure project has taken off that shall include roads and utilities, sewage treatment and collection, water treatment, as well as potable and industrial water supply among others. This is expected to lure investors both nationally and from abroad to invest huge amounts into these projects. Majority of the funding requirements for the smart city plan is expected to be met through Public Private Partnership.
Rs. 3,000 Crore has been granted by central government towards development of trunk infrastructure for Dholera SIR while the state government has contributed its share by arranging for 22 square kilometer land also known as activation area on which trunk infrastructure is being developed. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has also been formed in 50:50 partnerships between central and state government which shall collectively make them responsible for development of smart cities.
The cities shall be well connected through various mode of transport with the major cities of India making it possible for industrial and manufacturing units to easily set up their business in this region. For example, Dholera SIR is connected through sea, road, rail, metro and air to the important cities of Gujarat and major cities of India. A new railway line, metro line, greenfield port , six lane expressway and international airport is being developed in the region that is a part of the development project.
A massive project is in the making that shall turn the series of events and make India a qualitative place to reside in with state of art facilities, new age technology and superlative connectivity.
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The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) operates the world’s largest fleet of CNG-powered buses. After Pune, Delhi was the second city in India to have an operational Bus rapid transit (BRT) system
Delhi has one of India’s largest bus transport systems. Buses are the most popular means of transport catering to about 60% of Delhi’s total demand. Buses are operated by the state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), which owns largest fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-fueled buses in the world, private Blueline bus operators and several chartered bus operators. It is mandatory for all private bus operators to acquire a permit from the State Transport Authority. The buses traverse various well-defined intra-city routes. Other than regular routes, buses also travel on Railway Special routes; Metro Feeder routes. Mudrika (Ring) and Bahri Mudrika (Outer Ring) routes along Ring and Outer-Ring road respectively are amongst the longest intra-city bus routes in the world.
With the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the development of dedicated corridors for the service, bus service is set to improve. The DTC has started introducing air-conditioned buses and brand new low-floor buses (with floor height of 400 mm and even higher on one third area as against 230 mm available internationally.) on city streets to replace the conventional buses. A revamp plan is underway to improve bus-shelters in the city and to integrate GPS systems in DTC buses and bus stops so as to provide reliable information about bus arrivals.
n 2007, after public uproar concerning the large number of accidents caused by privately-owned Blueline buses, the Delhi government, under pressure from the Delhi High Court decided that all Blueline Buses shall be phased out and be eventually replaced by low floor buses of the state-owned DTC
The Delhi Government has decided to expedite this process and will procure 6,600 low floor buses for the DTC by commonwealth games next year
By 2010, Delhi will have over 8000 buses, of which Delhi Transport Corporation will provide 6000 while 2000 would be blueline buses, 3125 will be low-floor ,1100 semi low floor and 1000 of them would be air-conditioned. Few buses would have GPS to prevent them from straying to other routes. The city already has 655 low-floor AC and non-AC buses. The bus routes are also being increased to 670 from the current 357 routes. Delhi plans to add at least 2500 of these new buses by the end of 2009.
The city has been divided into 17 clusters. Bus services in each of these clusters will be run by private operators. The first cluster is to be awarded by September 2008. The first cluster has 32 routes, on which a total of 295 DTC and 270 private buses will run. The operators will be given the option of running 20 percent AC buses.
With the introduction of new buses, DTC will be recruiting 4000 drivers to run the new buses
In November 2009, DTC piloted a program to introduce the smart card where the commuters would be able to pay the fare through the smart card. They have decided to install the machines in 10000 buses
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