Dholera Smart City
Dholera is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. With its recent development, it is already India’s 12th largest city. Plans are in place to make Dholera India’s first smart city. The idea behind a smart city is to create an environment that uses ICT in order to create sustainable growth, reduce inefficiencies, and promote innovation. Dholera has plans for green buildings, ecological wastewater treatment plants, and solar power plants. Here are some ways that Dholera will be turning into a smart city in the near future.
Section 1: Dholera's plans for its first smart city
Dholera plans to develop eco-friendly green buildings. There are already plans for biogas fuel cells and wind-powered generators. Electricity generation is expected to be nearly 100 per cent efficient by 2017. This means that 100 per cent of the energy produced will go into the city’s grid. Dholera aims to reduce waste from the city and wants to make sure that all new construction meets strict standards. Their waste segregation and recycling process, which is already used in their newly built industrial areas, will be expanded to all of Dholera by 2020.
As part of its focus on sustainability, Dholera plans to have more than 40 per cent of its waste recycled. This includes everything from paper, plastics, and plastic lumber to non-recyclable trash.
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The need for data
Dholera is being planned as a smart city. In order to make the vision a reality, there is a huge need for data. This means that the city needs to be connected to the city’s government, its citizens, and the worldwide world. In order to make this a reality, we must collect data on every aspect of the city, every building, and every citizen. With this information, we can plan the city to ensure its long-term success and growth.
To make the city smart, sensors are a must. These sensors will help the city collect data on many aspects of the city, including pollution, traffic, water usage, waste, and more. These sensors will be installed throughout Dholera and will help to improve many aspects of the city.
Education and training
Dholera will provide educational programs for every citizen so that they can have employment in the future. Government officials believe that an educated workforce is essential to making India a developed country. That’s why the city’s master plan includes a focus on education and training and plans to open schools, colleges, and technical institutes in the area. Here are some colleges and other educational programs you can get involved in if you’re in the area.
It is anticipated that the economy of Dholera will be based on tourism and agriculture. Here are some examples of how the city is diversifying its economy.
Agricultural economy: Dholera will focus on developing agriculture as a secondary industry.
The Gujarat Economic Development Board is setting up a state-of-the-art technology park to attract technology-based startups to set up their operations in Dholera. This park will include an incubation centre for innovation and entrepreneurial startups, along with various other facilities for startups.
Hotels and resorts
As a part of the Digital Dholera Smart City project, the government is planning to develop a township called Dholera City. A high-end multi-brand hotel with 2,500 rooms and a casino will be among the first few buildings to come up in the township.
Paving, widening and developing roads throughout the city are among the top priorities for Dholera Smart City. Apart from road construction, the government will be building a network of cable roads.
Challenges Dholera faces in making their smart city successful
Dholera needs to finish projects quickly to make the city a success. The city has only two stretches of road that connect it to the rest of the state. These two roads are almost completed. But a third road to connect Dholera to Navi Mumbai has been delayed for a while. According to estimates, it may take another 4–5 years for the Navi Mumbai road to be completed. This is one reason why residents living in Dholera are not so keen on living in a smart city.
The revenue from the city’s different industries is also low. A study conducted by the Meghdoot Institute of Transport Economics found that the total income from commercial activities in Dholera is not more than Rs 19 lakh a month. That is less than a tenth of what Singaporeans earn per month.
The idea of smart cities was introduced in 2010 and most of the governments in the world have been trying to develop one for their city. Some of the areas that are being developed and will be implemented in the near future are the smart city system, the intelligent transportation system, and the IT infrastructure in the city.
One thing that is essential to these developments is cooperation and collaboration from the different government agencies. While the technology to develop these projects is fairly developed, it would be nice to see an influx of these projects because of the business opportunities that they can present.
Smart city projects are important because the technology for them has a good chance of becoming a standard for future development.