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Suyash Pande

Suyash Pande

Manager | VIF

How Naya Raipur Is Emerging as One of the Most Well-Planned Smart Cities in India

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On November 1, 2000, Chhattisgarh—the 26th state of Union of India—came into existence after the division of Madhya Pradesh. Seeing the plight, neglect and slow development of the region, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee decided to create the new state of Chhattisgarh. On its first Foundation day, all that Chhattisgarh had were unexplored reserves, an undermined local population, a few dams and insurgency concerns. The birth of Chhattisgarh made the impression that another backward, underdeveloped and gloomy region would now get recognition on the map of India.

16 years later, Chhattisgarh has broken all pre-conceived notions and is being hailed as one of the fastest growing states with a view towards inclusive development.

Among the many successful policies and development projects, one of the most ambitious ventures by the state government is Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh’s new capital city, which was recognized as world’s first ever integrated township in January 2017.

Environmental issues are considered to be a global concern today, and much remains to be done for effective conservation. In Naya Raipur, 27% of the land is solely devoted to greenery and the region’s environmental policies make it the first Greenfield Smart City in India.

Smooth and safe cycling lanes are constructed throughout the city, promoting the use of non-motorized transport systems. Apart from minimizing air pollution, steps have been taken to conserve water, and every building in Raipur will have effective and compulsory rainwater harvesting systems. The NRDA is maintaining 55 reservoirs in the region, including three lakes.

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