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Indian government to build 100 smart cities

The Indian government will build 100 smart and safe cities, M Venkaiah Naidu (pictured), the new Union Minister for Urban Development and Housing and Poverty Alleviation has identified as the top most priority of his ministry.

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By 2050, half of the Indian population will be living in urban areas, so there is an urgent need for urban redevelopment and improved public transportation.

The Government plans to lower urban density by building satellite towns and cities that are attractive.

Within cities, it is important to provide drainage, better sanitation, waste management, water recycling and wifi facilities for public and commercial areas, he added.

These new cities will focus on three areas: education, employment and entertainment.

In order to deal with the population boom and unregulated growth of cities, the government will use geographic information systems (GIS) for for planning and monitoring.

Naidu said that local authorities will be asked to plan using GIS technology so that there is systematic development.

The government will also review the entire transportation system, including the metro, Bus Rapid Transport System, monorail, tram, as well as waterways, walkways and bicycle ways.

Besides transportation, the government will also look to transform water management, sanitation and housing to create more sustainable and liveable cities.

According to Naidu, the Prime Minister has requested for the government to prioritise solving urban problems because more than a third of the population now live in cities.

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