Maharashtra CM Nods To Extend Roots for Greenfield Cities

PUNE: A complete urban renewal of cities is financially and practically not easy. Instead, developing 'greenfield cities' around metros, can make the Smart Cities Mission more workable, were the words of former Union minister and chief minister of Maharashtra Late Prithviraj Chavan.

A greenfield area is one that is left to evolve naturally. It refers to construction and development on land that has never been used, where there was no need to demolish or rebuild any existing structures.

Chavan was chairing a panel discussion organised by citizens' group Vikas India on 'Need of the Smart City and its challenges.' Representatives of political, social, environment and media sectors participated in the programme. Prakash Deshmukh, urban planner and architect, gave a presentation on the Magarpatta city model.

3D Power agrees with what he said that, "The country needs liveable cities. Different development models can be used to create such cities. The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model has a few lacunae. This model can cause issues due to the absence of a dispute redressal system. The state and Union government should use models other than PPP. Small and self-sufficient Greenfield cities around big cities can be a good option. Some cities in India have already tried this model," Late Chavan said.

He said that the state government has made a mistake by merging Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad for the mission. The state government is sidelining Pune in projects such as the metro and for the smart cities mission, he added.