Political parties should focus on developing Delhi as the first Smart City in India: PHD Chamber

Political parties should focus on developing Delhi as the first Smart City in India: PHD Chamber

Political parties should focus on developing Delhi as the first Smart City in India: PHD Chamber


January 30, 2015
New Delhi


Political parties should focus on developing Delhi as the first Smart City in India: PHD Chamber

Political parties should focus on the development of Delhi as the first smart city of the country since it can be evolved as a model city not only in India but across the countries, said Mr. Alok B Shriram, President, PHD Chamber in a press statement issued here today.

The economy of Delhi has shown a steady growth path during the recent years. The real GSDP of the state has posted an annual average growth rate of around 9% during FY2009 to FY2013, said Mr. Shriram.

Delhi has observed significant developments in terms of highest per capita income, health and education developments. However, there are some key concerns which demands concentrated approach for witnessing a sustainable long term economic growth of the city.

However, the capital is still facing lack of industrial infrastructure and disparity in infrastructural development which is affecting its industrial growth. Delhi needs to develop quality industrial infrastructure across the city in order to boost its industrial development and to generate employment opportunities for the workforce, he said.

Further, there are nearly 1.78 lakh MSMEs in Delhi which is much lower than many agrarian states such as Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Therefore, Delhi needs to give thrust on promoting its small scale industries which can lead to strengthening its industrial base and absorption of vast available skilled, semi-skilled and un-skilled workforce, added Mr. Shriram.

Skill development is considered must for industrial growth. So there is a need to enhance skill development, he said.

Demand for power has remarkably gone up in Delhi due to expansion in the economic activities. During the past few years, various power reforms have been undertaken to meet up the rising power demand which further needs to be upscaled by encouraging installation of special captive power plants in order to meet the rising power shortages in the industrial townships or estates. Demand for power can further be meet up by initiating joint ventures with states rich in hydro power, he added.

Housing is another key concern for Delhi as the city faces lack of adequate housing. Private sector investments should be encouraged in the construction sector for addressing the growing need of housing. Industry should be encouraged to provide affordable and environmental friendly houses in Delhi.

Another biggest challenge faced by Delhi is scarcity of water. Owing to the increasing population as Delhi, the city has a very high per capita consumption of water. This increasing need for adequate supply of water should be addressed by rationalizing the distribution of water, promotion of ground water and rain water harvesting and setting up of adequate number of water treatment plants, said Mr. Shriram.

Thrust should be given for uplifting the socio- economic structure of Delhi. Public safety is an area which demands significant concern in order to boost confidence in the minds of people. To address this issue, laws and punitive action related to women’s security would be strictly enforced and punishments against women would be widely publicised. Every district should have a Police Station having special women’s security force. Setting up of fast track courts for addressing crimes on women, training of hospitals in the sensitive handling of medical and other tests related to crimes on women is also an important part which should be considered by the government. Further, a 24*7 special call centre for women’s security would also be set up, he said.

People in Delhi are heavily burdened under the increasing food prices. Hence, proper measures should be initiated in order to increase the food supplies either by encouraging agriculture investment or by developing enough cold storage chains which can minimize the farm produce wastage, said Mr. Alok B Shriram.

PHD Chamber believes that the Delhi must have a world-class social and physical infrastructure, 24X7 power supply, complete wi-fi connectivity, global educational institutes, international health institutes, world class entertainment facilities, green technologies and water conservation techniques like rain-harvesting and waste management techniques, said Mr. Shriram.


Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)