Smart city is a buzz word now a days. As a part of Ajmer our small pretty town Pushkar also comes under the concept of smart city. But what does it actually mean here we are elaborating this concept in our common and easy understandable language:
You Know Experts predict the world’s urban population will double by 2050, isn’t it alarming!! In India, the urban population is currently 31% of the total population and it contributes over 60% of India’s GDP. It is projected that urban India will contribute nearly 75% of the national GDP in the next 15 years. Lets have a look to population of Indian Metro cities our capital Delhi has become the world’s second most populous city in 2014 after Tokyo, more than doubling its population since 1990 to 25 million, according to a UN report. And our financial capital Mumbai, which ranks sixth on the list of the world’s most populous cities in 2014, is projected to become the fourth largest city in 2030 when its population would grow to 28 million from the current 21 million.
Keeping this fact in mind it is demanded to create smart cities to facilitated this urban population
Accordingly, it is proposed that 100 cities to be developed as Smart Cities may be chosen from amongst the following:
- One satellite city of each of the cities with a population of 4 million people or more (9 cities)
- Most of the cities in the population range of 1-4 million people (about 35 out of 44 cities)
- All State/UT Capitals, even if they have a population of less than one million (17cities)
- Cities of tourist, religious and economic importance not included in above (10 cities)
- Cities in the 0.2 to 1.0 million population range (25 cities)
:: Proposed Smarts Cities in Rajasthan::
- Ajmer (Pushkar)
Ajmer and Pushkar really deserve to be a Smart City, The city Ajmer with population of 5,51,360 holds 5th position in Rajasthan on the basis of population. The city is an attraction for both domestic and international tourists. As per news published in TOI in oct. 2014 The city receives 15,000 pilgrims every year on an average and about six lakh devotees, including celebrities, attend the yearly Urs.
In 2013 our small pretty town Pushkar attracted 4.85 lakh tourists including foreign travelers, and around 45,000 pilgrims visit this place monthly to perform their spiritual rituals.
The ambitious smart city project will help to bring world-class facilities to Ajmer. “It means smart energy, smart buildings, good transport systems, telecommunications, healthcare, traffic, sanitation, proper drinking water supply and better residential areas. Another important factor of smart city is smart governance in which the government working would need to be IT based.
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