Honchos stress on ‘smart city’ idea
As physical infrastructure fails to cope up with the growing demand for roads, better traffic management and means of mass transit in Gurgaon, residents and corporates are now pitching for technology innovations and sustainable natural resources for improved civic management.gurgaon Updated: Sep 13, 2012 01:08 IST
As physical infrastructure fails to cope up with the growing demand for roads, better traffic management and means of mass transit in Gurgaon, residents and corporates are now pitching for technology innovations and sustainable natural resources for improved civic management.
Nearly 100 representatives from RWAs, corporates and municipal councillors stressed upon the need to make Gurgaon a ‘smart city’ during a meeting with government authorities on Wednesday.
Called by a resident group ‘Gurgaon First’, the meeting saw presentations from corporate companies on the use of technology for effective traffic management. “We need to innovate ways to bring out the best of available technologies. For example, we can figure out a tentative flow of traffic in a particular area by finding out how many mobile phones are being used there at a given time. This will help the authority manage the impending jam,” said Gopi Srinivasan, a solution architect with Oracle India.
The companies can reduce transportation woes of their employees by encouraging them to use effective means of mass public transport like Metro Rail.
The meeting invited feedback from residents on water management, need to promote environment-friendly green buildings and objections on the Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex-2030 draft development plan.
RS Rathee of the Gurgaon Citizen’s Council said, “In 2025, we will have 40,000 acres of licenced land for housing and commercial activities. We need to cater to the water requirements of city residents, pegged at 338 MGD. For this, serious water conservation plans like ground-water harvesting are needed.”
The Haryana Urban Development Authority’s (Huda) administrator Praveen Kumar said there was need to have a feedback redressal mechanism for authorities.
“All suggestions are channelised towards solving problems of the city. We need serious effort from all stakeholders and not just government departments,” said Kumar.