Would Gurgaon Make It To The Smart City List With Improved Livability?
Early this year, the Centre launched the Liveability Index, which is meant to rank 116 cities on the basis of the living standards they provide to their citizens. How these cities perform on this index would be known only in June. Among the cities that have made it to the list is Gurgaon, where authorities are busy making plans to ensure the city gets a good ranking.
Earlier, the Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) had requested the Centre to include the Millennium City in its smart city list. The city has failed twice to make it to the smart city list. While Faridabad and Karnal districts of Haryana are also in the race to join the list, Gurgaon is doing all it can to win it.
New developments that would strengthen Gurgaon’s case
*Several new infrastructure projects are coming up in the city. In a bid to decongest the city, for example, the GMDA has approved construction of a flyover from the Umang Bhardwaj Chowk to the Basai Chowk and a flyover and an underpass at the Atul Kataria Chowk. Besides, 200 non-AC CNG buses would be introduced to ease commute.
*The GMDA has also been discussing about CCTV surveillance in areas such as Sadar Bazar, apart from launching smart parking, solid waste management facilities, LED street lighting system, etc.
*The city may soon have WiFi services. The GMDA Mobile App may also be launched soon.
*To provide ease of doing business, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is developing software for property tax collection. This new software will allow residents to calculations their tax and make minor changes in information provided by them.