Thiruvananthapuram: A month after the capital city got a late admission to Smart City project, the civic body is set to forward a request to the Union ministry of urban development (MoUD) seeking relaxation of guidelines to implement the project. Mayor V K Prashanth has hinted in his introductory speech before the budget presentation that the project would have to be remodelled depending upon conditions in Kerala.
The centre included Thiruvananthapuram along with seven other capital cities, which were left out earlier, in the project in May. The corporation now needs to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) and should submit a smart city proposal (SCP) to participate in the programme.
The civic body has raised reservations regarding the strategy to be adopted in the submission of SCP. The Smart City proposal encapsulate either a retrofitting or redevelopment or greenfield development model and a pan-city feature with smart solutions.
Retrofitting means planning in an existing built-up area to achieve smart city objectives and the area should consist of more than 500 acres. Redevelopment, which envisages area of more than 50 acres, will effect a replacement of the existing built-up environment and enable co-creation of a new layout with enhanced infrastructure using mixed land use and increased density.
Greenfield development will introduce most of the smart solutions in a previously vacant area (more than 250 acres) using innovative planning, plan financing and plan implementation tools (e.g. land pooling/ land reconstitution) with provision for affordable housing, especially for the poor. Pan-city development envisages application of selected smart solutions to the existing citywide infrastructure.
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