The Modi government’s promise to develop 100 smart cities seems to take some shape with Talleen Kumar, chief executive officer and managing director, Delhi – Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMIC) saying the phase I for the same will be done by 2019-end.
Speaking to CNBC-TV18’s Rituparna Bhuyan, Kumar says that the corporation aims to develop about 25 to 50 square kilometers through these smart cities.
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The Corporation will begin the development process from Dhulera in Gujarat and Shendra Bitkin in Maharashtra.
Below is the transcript of Talleen Kumar's interview with CNBC-TV18's Rituparna Bhuyan.
Q: How is the process of developing these cities?
A: Out of 8 cities 2 of them are the larger cities where we have been able to go ahead. 3 of them are smaller cities in MP, UP and in Haryana where the land has also been made available.
Q: Can you tell us the major two or three changes that may be required in land acquisition going by your experience of designing this corridor?
A: I haven’t laid my hands on that but I believe that the processes are such that it may take even 5 years or longer if I have to follow all the processes and acquire land. So, that might be an impediment towards making land available by the state governments and therefore an impediment towards accelerated development of the industrial corridors.
Q: Let us now talk about how you are developing this corridor. For the past 5 years we understand that the corridor was on the drawing boards and now you are all set to start building this corridor, 5 smart cities you are starting with that be it Dholera, Shendra, Vikram Udyogpuri or the Greater Noida Industrial Township and even the Guragaon Global City. Can you give us some sense of the timeline that you have in mind or that you have set for yourself to develop these Greenfield smart cities which I understand is a first of a kind initiative as far as India is concerned?
A: We are looking at the first phase, the ending of the first phase by end of 2019. If you look at the 8 industrial cities being planned under DMIC, two of them we are moving ahead. We are looking at end of 2019 for the first phase of these cities to end.
Q: Which means that the development of trunk infrastructure of these cities will end by 2019?
A: 25-50 square kilometres we hope to develop by end of 2019 in these two cities. In the other cities also if we get land now or may be in the near future we will again move ahead with those cities also.
Q: Which two cities are you starting with?
A: I am starting with Dholera in Gujarat and Shendra Bidkin in Maharashtra. Shendra Bidkin the first phase will be over 40 square kilometre area. Dholera city in Gujarat the first phase will be over 153 square kilometre area. However we kickstart with 22.5 square kilometres in Dholera and we kickstart with 8.39 square kilometres in Shendra Bidkin.