The Union Minister for Urban Development, Honourable Mr. Venkaiah Naidu has recently announced the first list of 20 different Indian smart cities at press conference held at New Delhi on January 2016. These cities are Bhubaneshwar, Surat, Jaipur, Pune, New Delhi, Jabalpur, Ahmedabad, Solapur, Vizag, Kochi, Devangere, Coimbatore, Indore, Chennai, Belgaum, Kakinada, Guwahati, Bhopal, Udaipur and Ludhiana.
Based on their population, these cities would account for 3.54 crore of people. Urban Government has proposed to make a total investment of Rs.50, 802 crore in the chosen smart cities as well as towns during the period of five years. Each of these cities, including Jabalpur will undergo development to incorporate basic infrastructure where guaranteed power and water supply, sanitation facilities, sound management of various solid wastes disposal, efficient urban mobility and transportation facilities for public, IT and Wi-Fi connectivity at the speed of minimum 100 Mbps, participation of citizens and e-governance will be the key factors to look upon. Bottom-up approach is the key planning principle chosen by the Central Government under the Smart City Mission.
Engineering Students and Faculties Opinion on Smart Cities
The people are enthusiastic of the announcement of Central Government and its plans to make Jabalpur as one of the Smart cities of India. In fact, students of Shri Ram Group, Jabalpur came up with several innovative ideas for making Jabalpur not only a Smart City, but also a smart home to live in. They seek it as an excellent platform for the engineering students of different streams countrywide.
Along with the professors, the students of Shri Ram Institute of Technology have also organized an in-house seminar to discuss various actions, ideas and models related to progress and development of Jabalpur for making it a Smart City. Moreover, the students are eager to open their views to the Government officials and public to achieve the goal of developing Jabalpur as a Smart City in near future.