Land management holds importance
Making a city livable is all we require for Smart Cities. Smart means everyone becomes well off, including people from the lowest strata of the society, and not only upper middle class and middle class people. The Government should generate more employment opportunities for the migrants in rural and urban areas. Also, a city can never be smart if only smart populace keep turning smarter. The State Government should take care of supply and management of land in every city. The delay in most of the projects happens due to land acquisition issues and we can’t ignore the land requirements of the informal sector. Transportation and availability of space should also be looked into, ensuring last-mile connectivity for people as multimodal transport often fails due to non-availability of the last-mile connectivity. Also, sanitation and drainage are important issues to be addressed while developing Smart Cities.
Smart Cities require smart planning
Bhopal is indeed a beautiful city but we need to make it smart. There is an adage ‘where there is a will, there is a way’, and the city administration has a strong willpower to do it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government is showing us the right direction to work in a constructive way. We have been working strategically for a long time now and will continue to do so. Citizens will have to be smart enough to make our city smarter. Also, there has to be a proper planning and research before the work of transforming Bhopal into a Smart City starts. The dream of Prime Minister Modi will surely bear fruits, but we will have to work in a time-bound manner. Pradhanmantri Adarsh Gram Yojna and Smart Cities mission, the brainchild of Prime Minister, will surely set an example for the next generation.