Gurgaon, a strong contender among the cities competing to be included in the list of 100 cities to be developed as a smart city, has finally failed to find a place on the list. However, the Haryana government is still trying to persuade the urban development ministry to include Gurgaon in its list of 100 selected cities. However, the state government is adamant to turn Gurgaon into a smart city, even without the intervention of the urban development ministry.

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The main categories that were focussed upon while choosing the 100 cities were infrastructure, educational facilities, electricity and water supply, and medical facilities. Gurgaon scores high in most of the categories, but some experts believe that the haphazard growth of real estate in the city has resulted in problems with power and water supply, which might be one reason why Gurgaon has not found its place even in the second list of smart cities. However, the state government is working towards the improvement of all sectors and assures that Gurgaon will be turned into a smarter city even if it is not awarded the tag of a ‘smart city.’

The next question that arises is – what are the main features that turn a city into a smart city? We’ll find it out but first, let’s understand what a smart city is.

Smart City and Its Features

A smart city is one that has an excellent infrastructure that improves the quality of life of the residents. By smart infrastructure, we also mean that the city must offer facilities such as waste management, adequate water and electricity supply, proper sanitation, good connectivity and transportation and improved safety.

According to the ministry, a smart city would have the following features:

*Flexible and efficient land use
*Housing for all
*Presence of walkable localities – lower congestion, reduced pollution, security and reduced resource depletion.
*Presence of open areas such as parks, playgrounds, recreational areas, space for senior citizens, etc. to promote eco-balance
*Improved governance to improve quality of life and transparency
*Establishing a unique identity for the city based on economic activities

Improved infrastructure

Gurgaon has all these factors and has helped to improve the quality of life for the residents and people who have shifted base recently. Moreover, the city also has several economic growth drivers who will drive further improvement in the city. Therefore, there is no reason why Gurgaon shouldn’t be awarded the title of a ‘smart city.’

However, no matter whether the ministry includes Gurgaon into the list of ‘smart cities’ or not; the city has already started its journey and will evolve to be the smartest city in India. Therefore people who have been looking forward to investing in premium apartments Gurgaon should not be intimidated by the decision of the urban development ministry. The local government, the builders and developers in Gurgaon as well as the residents, are trying hard to implement all the features that will turn Gurgaon into a smarter city even without the tag of a ‘smart city.’

Summary

There are some features that gives a city the label of being a smart city. Gurgaon has all the features to be called a smart city without being tagged as a smart city.