While cities are fiercely competing to get enlisted in the ambitious Smart City program, one of the major metropolitan crowns of India, Noida has planned to develop two new smart cities on its own. YEIDA (Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority) will develop these hi-tech cities in over 6,000 hectares of land. One proposed plan will be conceived as an industrial township and the other as a heritage city. The development will come up in areas adjacent to cities of Agra, Hathras and Mathura.
The proposal followed when the YEIDA had amended the second phase of its Master Plan – 2031 in a joint meeting with Noida, Greater Noida authorities earlier this week. The twin smart cities will comprise a 100 percent dedicated industrial township and a heritage city planned to promote tourism sector. The authority has approved a draft amendment in principle for the project. YEIDA will forward the plan to state government, post putting it in public domain. Once clarifications are obtained, the authority will start the proceedings.
YEIDA CEO Arun Vir Singh said that the projects, “Tappal-Bajna” and “Raya” will be developed as smart cities. While the former covers an area of 3,874 hectares, the latter will sweep across 2,443 hectares. When compared with the Phase I of the Master Plan 2031, officials said that phase 2 will include more than double the area. Besides mixed land use for industrial, institutional and residential purposes, land has also been reserved for green spaces in Phase II developments. The master plan has also designated recreational green spaces and corporate spaces along the Yamuna Expressway.
Raya urban center will be developed as the dedicated tourist zone. It will comprise a river front in 110 hectares of land in which 25 hectares will be water bodies and recreational area covering 315 acres. The tourism zone will stretch across 731 acres. The YEIDA CEO hoped to give the tourists of Vrindavan-Mathura-Agra a world class tourist destination by the planned project. He also explained that the tourist zone will be equipped with amphitheatres, museum, open air theatres, theme based heritage center, Haat for development for local crafts and arts, trails and rural tourism.
These smart cities or urban settlements will be exploring advanced technologies to deliver a structured and hospitable living for residents. These cities will also witness great infrastructure equipped with systems and measures aimed at better use of energy resources, water, transport, traffic, safety and security. Information and communication technology will comprise the backbone of these developments, added Singh.