Brainstorming session to plan intelligent cities today
The Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) along with the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India ( ASSOCHAM) will hold a brain storming session on Thursday with the idea of setting up of a National Institute of Intelligent Urban design.
Experts from Delhi and Pune will take part in the session along with their concept papers. The secretary IT department T Kumar is also invited to speak at the meeting.
Debashis Sen, chairman of HIDCO said that as intelligent cities would come up in various parts of the state it was necessary to talk to the planners, IT experts and those involved in designing new cities. The concept papers would be discussed and their pros and cons would be analysed to make a foolproof plan. Once they are finalized they would be codified and used to set up intelligent cities.
The state government has proposed to set up 6 green field cities at Baruipur ( Uttam city), Howrah (Dumurjala), Birbhum ( Gitabitan), Siliguri ( Teesta) and , Asansol ( Agnibina). The state government has earmarked land for the projects and thepromoters will have to buy them through e-auction. It has been decided that the state government will provide the infrastructure upto the boundary wall of the proposed projects. It is a major shift from the usual practice where the promoter has to run from the pillar to post to install basis infrastructure. The concepts of planning of cities are changing fast with the residents enjoying more and more facilities.