New Town has been ranked 8th out of the 100 smart cities in the country and certified as ‘Enabled’ in the Data Maturity Assessment Framework 2.0. This was announced by the ministry of housing and urban affairs, New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) officials said.
NKDA and Hidco chairman Debashis Sen said the assessment was done on the data maturity framework. “The ministry assessed us on how much data we are putting online and ranked us 8th,” Sen said.
All major civic related services, including assessment and payment of property tax, building plan sanction, birth and death certificates, trade licence, occupancy and completion certificates for residents of New Town have already gone online.
New Town has also got 2 out of 5 stars in the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0. The scheme was launched last year to provide a roadmap for cities to combat the impact of climate change while coming up with management plans and their implementation.
NKDA authorities said they were working on promoting the use of renewable energy and a pollutionfree environment by developing canal-top solar plants, using more solar panels, electric buses and battery-run vehicles.
Last year, New Town bagged the Platinum Green City certificate by the Indian Green Building Council. The authorities have taken up initiatives, such as integrating land use with public green and open spaces, developing water bodies, rules for green buildings, cyclefriendly infrastructure, solar power, e-mobility, rainwater harvesting and waste water treatment.
Source: Times of India