Effect Of Baner And Aundh Area As Pilot Projects For Smart City



Urbanisation, population growth, better infrastructure facilities demand a smart city as a necessity of today’s life. The smart cities mission is one of the most desirable schemes by the government of India. The major motive behind the smart city plan is to drive better infrastructure, economic, environmental and social facilities in the city to give a better and quality life to its citizens.

In reference to the smart city, the main focus of the government will be on the following things to provide the quality and decent life to the citizens before they want it. Those following things include:

  • Better health and education services
  • 24*7 electric supply
  • Proper safety and security measures
  • Digitalisation, IT connectivity and modernization by development of infrastructure facilities
  • Affordable housing schemes, sustainable ambience
  • Proper transport facilities and much more.

Under the scheme of smart city mission, there are several points that should be satisfied to shortlist the significant area. So in the reference of those parameters Aundh and Baner from Pune has been shortlisted as the pilot projects under smart city mission. Those parameters based on which Baner-Aundh has been selected under smart city are as follows:

Impact of Aundh-Baner as a Pilot Project Under Smart City Mission:

This area perfectly fits the bill after a vigorous analysis of following terms such technical, social or non-political analysis. Under this mission in this area has lots more possibilities of societal development, economic development, health and education development, transport development, riverfront development and lots more. The Aundh-Baner is the entry point into Pune from Mumbai so it needs to get developed. In the scheme of the smart city mission once the area gets developed it is easy can be followed or the models can be replicated in other cities also. Therefore, it is an area which can easily be developed and replicated in other areas parts of cities also.

Despite the above factors public views or demands also matters very much. Based on the views of citizens and public representatives the final decision will be made and their views will also get added to the development mission. The PMC commissioner said that once the model gets established, it can be then followed across the city in other areas as well. So the Baner and Aundh have a huge impact on the pilot project under smart city mission and it is only a beginning.

Motives and Focus Areas of Development Under Smart City Plan

Smart city mission focuses on development of area into two parts:

  • Pan city development
  • Area development

Under these developments, pan-city provides the solution for compact area issues, traffic issues, water issues, and some other that the public is facing in their day to day life.  The second one area development is to provide the city-wide smart solutions such as city improvement, city renewal, and city extension.

Here are some motives of smart city mission that are highlighting the needs of developing cities and the prime minister’s motive behind launching it:

Under the proposal of Aundh-Baner area as a pilot project, the P.M Narendra Modi wants to build a city which can meet the aspires of every citizen. Focusing on each and every necessity of citizens by using innovative approaches such as information technologies, digitalisation, better policies and a lot more.

Procedure of Identifying an Area for Smart City Mission

It is a 3 step process by which Pune city has represented an Aundh-Baner as a pilot project under the smart city plan:

Step 1:

Formation of an expert team in which urban planners and architects are included. The team will further discuss over several regions under the city and finds out the most suitable areas for the development after several meetings and analysis.

Step 2:

After this procedure citizens also explore the various areas that have gone through various analyses and presents their preferred maximum five regions.

Step 3:

After all these processes the final step is taken by the members of committees, including commissioners and elected representatives. The members will then decide the potential area for the development of a smart city.