It was in late 2016, that I wrote an article Ina. Magazine titled “Do we need smart cities or Wise cities”. The principal distinction between the two types being the overall quality of living that a wise city should offer as against a hi-tech smart city.
The force of Urbanisation will continue to get stronger
The impact of this can be tremendous for a country like India as almost half its population falls in the age group 18-35. Such a demographic brings with itself strong aspiration to make an impact and at the same time ensure personal growth.
Mumbai has always been one of the main mega cities of India. It has been the city where dreams come true across different walks of life. The city itself, however, was never built to support the population size that it has today.
The key driver in keeping the city together
There are many agencies that are involved in the management of Mumbai but Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM),popularly known as BMC, has been the key driver in keeping the city together. BMC is in a fortunate position to have revenues and development budgets that could be of the size of a State but it is grappling with diverse challenges that range from health, environment, urban transportation, open spaces for public, slum rehabilitation, upgradation of sewerage system, solid waste management, water quality, Mithi River etc.
I am putting together two documents. The first one covers waste management by BMC with a brief case study on Cuffe Parade area where I reside. The other paper will aim to bring out the importance of one of the key elements of a wise city : pedestrianisation of streets. My attempt it to bring out the need for pedestrianisation with special reference to the impact that the latest urban development project of underground Metro station that is coming up in Cuffe Parade on Line 3.
Please watch this space. I would like to know the views of the readers.