Delhi is all set for a makeover. Being the national capital, Delhi is the second home for Diplomats of various countries. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) organized a meeting on Thursday where the Diplomats from different countries shared their suggestions to make Delhi a better place for living.
“The foreign diplomats had a frank conversation with NDMC. Present in the capital of India, the foreign diplomats are an important stakeholder of New Delhi,” said an official, who was present at the meeting.
NDMC has created a group on WhatsApp where the representatives from various countries can share their thoughts and suggestions in order to make Delhi a world-class city. The civic body will finalize its plan for Delhi by December 10.
The meeting was attended by the Diplomats from Turkey, Kenya, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Uruguay, Azerbaijan, Japan, Singapore, Vatican, and Canada, among other countries.
Diplomats showed their interest to share the details of the New Delhi Awas Yojna projects that are successfully implemented in their countries. A diplomat from the Czech Republic shared his views on parking solution, whereas the Diplomat from Kuala Lumpur talked about their public transport facility. The Bangkok diplomat expressed thoughts about their disciplined traffic and the Nairobi Diplomat spoke about changing public behavior and instilling a civic sense in people.
The most talked about feature in the meeting was the need to secure pedestrian spaces which get encroached upon by cars, potted plants, and squatters.
We know these problems exist in our cities. The diplomats stressed the need to build better safety and security mechanisms in the city. The fact these officials are articulating these issues means we need to take them much more seriously in our city planning,” said Jaijit Bhattacharya, partner-government advisory at KPMG India.
The Ministry of Urban Development has selected 98 cities which will be developed under the Smart Cities Project in five years. Central schemes including Swachh Bharat Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation will be integrated with the smart city planning.
The government has estimated the budget of Rs 100 Crore to each city for this project till 2020. The State Governments will also share an equal amount of investment in the Smart Cities Project.