On the idea of developing smart cities, Mumbai is moving further ahead with rapid development of wi-fi hotspots in cities.
About 1,200 of the hotspots will be operational in Mumbai by May 2017, according to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Mr Fadnavis commenting over the same during a debate over the issues related to the urban development in the state assembly says, “We are making Mumbai a wifi city by May 2017 with 1,200 hotspots at important places.”
Making Mumbai Smart:
- This is one step ahead after the launching of the CCTV project towards making Mumbai a smart city.
- From total of 1,200 hotspots about 500 will be operational by the first phase of November 2016.
- While further talking about the Mumbai related issues he added BMC (municipal corporation) will be treating all of the sewage water before it is flown down into the sea.
- A project is also being set up for generation of electricity from the waste.
- Union government has sanctioned affordable housing projects under which 1,01,701 houses would be constructed in the state.
- Centre has even allocated about Rs 1,513 crore and state government has allocated about Rs. 967 crore.
- They have taken decision for allowing cluster development over the suburban areas too. They are further waiting for the impact assessment report.
- Mr Fadnavis even said that they have taken enough corrective steps for the waste management after the occurrence of dumping ground fire incident which took place in Mumbai.
Investments over Developing Infrastructure:
- Maharashtra has even signed an MoU with HP for creation of the IT infrastructure in three Smart Cities and are further going to invest about Rs. 1,800 crore for the same.
- Rs. 4,000 crore has been made available for the purpose of developmental works over 44 AMRUT cities.
- Even the BJP MLA from Mumbai named Ashish Shelar has sought out a probe into the alleged grant of excess FSI for about 24 of the IT parks over Mumbai during the regime of Congress-NCP.
- Mr Fadnavis has even promised an inquiry. Mr Shelar has even claimed for about Rs 1,200 crore which were collected in access from the residents of the Mumbai towards property tax.