Coimbatore Smart CityAs India is steadily progressing to become a developed nation, people are migrating to the urban areas for better life. As per a study it is expected that by the year 2050, 70% of the world population will be living in the urban areas. To achieve faster growth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced 100 smart cities that will be developed to cope with challenges of urbanization. The smart cities will be meticulously planned and have special economic zones with modified regulations and tax structures that will be lucrative to the foreign investors. Coimbatore is one of the 12 cities in Tamil Nadu that are going to be transformed as smart cities.
Features of a smart cityAs a smart city, the residents of Coimbatore will have access to basic infrastructure that includes amenities like uninterrupted water and electricity supply, proper sanitation, efficient public transport, solid waste management, e-governance, robust IT connectivity and safe and secured neighborhoods. The active participation of residents, entrepreneurs and the government is very important for a smart city to become successful. People from economically weaker section will be provided housing by the government. The Coimbatore Corporation will form into a District Advisory Committee and chalk out a plan for smart city by identifying key areas that need to be developed in holistic manner and submit the draft to the Union Government. The Government is expected to provide financial support for 10 years to make the facilities self sufficient.
Advantages of Smart cityPeople of Coimbatore will benefit significantly once the city turns into a smart city. There are many features of smart city that will help people live better and improve their lifestyle.
People will get affordable housing giving the people living in slums a better place to live. All the unoccupied vacant places in the city would be developed to provide housing for the people from weaker financial section.
Development of Coimbatore as a smart city will increase job opportunities for the people by at least 10 to 15 percent. The developing infrastructure is will make Coimbatore a big market for construction companies. This is regarded as a positive development for the economy.
Uninterrupted power supply
It is believed that all the households in the city will have at least 8 hours of uninterrupted power supply. Once the power projects take off and start generating more power, there will be continuous power supply all throughout the day and night.
Efficient health care services
Government aims to provide efficient and affordable healthcare services for the people in the city. This will be achieved by building medical institutions like AIIMS where the medical services are provided by qualified medical professionals.
Less operational cost
The operational cost for Coimbatore once it is developed as a smart city will diminish significantly. It is estimated that because of the infrastructure and smart planning, the water usage will be reduced by 30 percent, energy will be utilized 40 percent lesser and the cost of maintenance of buildings will come down by 30 percent. This will save lot of tax payers’ money for the Government.
Public Safety and Security
The safety and security of the people in Coimbatore will be of the top most priority. Surveillance cameras will be set up at major points and will be monitored 24x7. State of art technology will be used to maintain safety and security of the public in Coimbatore.