Developing Parel into a business hub, Andheri in the western suburbs into an IT hub and Kala Ghoda into a tourist hub are some of the plans proposed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for Mumbai, which has been selected for the Centre’s Smart City project.
The civic body also plans to come up with a health management system to improve the health care services, global positioning system for waste transporting vehicles and sewerage treatment plants. The proposal was put forth at a meeting convened by state chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya on July 20.
“The idea is to provide better amenities in areas which are visited by dignitaries, businessmen and foreigners. Developing these parts of the city would mean more signages, encroachment-free stretches, better traffic management, parking, footpaths, roads and other services. It will help attract more business and tourists,” said a senior civic official, on condition of anonymity.
“The three locations have been zeroed in as they are fast-growing tourist and business hubs, and are in need of better facilities,” said another official.
The state government has sent a list of 10 cities — Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Nagpur, Amravati, Nashik and Aurangabad — that will be developed into smart cities to the Centre.
“Now, the selected cities will have to prepare a vision document on how they plan to go ahead with the project. The initiatives will have to be city-specific and citizen-centric, according to the Centre’s criteria,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, secretary, state urban development department.
The final decision on the cities that will get the Smart City tag will be taken by the Centre.