What is Singapore model of a smart city and how much India can replicate it?
The traffic lights are automated and can decide its stopping seconds as per traffic load. A driver gets 24 points in a year and can lose his license after losing these points for traffic defilement. A private contractor, who does not clear mud near its site on public road, also loses his point for next contract.
âPolicemen are hardly visible in Singapore. Yet, all follow rules. It is not about fear of law but about be good yourself on roadâ, said Rashidy, a driver. Land Transport Authority Transport Gallery that shows how Singapore itself learned about traffic management from greatest practices of the world from Boston, Tokyo and New York displays seven types of driving licenses to control traffic. One such category is risky vehicles. The gallery in-charge talks substitute transport thinking to settle with public transport to reduce car use.
Singapore plans 900 km (10 km developed already) of shielded cycling paths, something that can be simulated in India. These cycling paths cannot be used by bikers. Bike-sharing scheme, introduced in Singapore, can be effortlessly followed in India to travel to offices on same route.
For relaxed traffic flow monitoring, Singapore has introduced over 600 Junction eyes to monitor its traffic movement and there is also parking guiding scheme in place to guarantee vehicles do not clog at parking places when there are not sufficient spaces. To guarantee pedestrian road safety, road engineering measures such as pedestrian crossing lines with improved dash markings and your speed monitoring system.
Director of Urban planning fineness under Urban Redevelopment Authority Seow Kah Ping clarified how it had been a hard journey for Singapore since its independence in 1965 to make best use of space with its resettlement and land recompense policy.
He showed two slides of Singapore to its journey from one of a muddled city towards the present city that has 17 water reservoirs and has water sports in place for touristsâ attraction. âAll buildings are made as per master plan. It is a multi-agency effortâ, he said adding that India needs to get over multiplicity of authority to get fast results. He said accountability had been fixed at Singapore for every work done. Land Transport Authority of Singapore is providing funding to companies to confirm their employees have smart and alternative travel plans.
A company can apply for travel smart grant up to S $ 160000 for projects such as wash facilities and bicycle parks for those who choose to work place, early morning programmes such as exercise sessions for those who reach offices early. LTA has partnering with companies of 200 employees located near metro stations to promote bicycling.
LTA has started a scheme that will give alert to commuters on crowd levels on precise routes on their mobile phones and alert on accidents and traffic cramming to car drivers through their ain-device alerts. Singaporeâs housing complexes such as Punggol New Town showed use of solar power for lights comprising lifts and were installed at rooftop that was enclosed with plantation to work as anti-heat treatment. Punggol New Town, Singaporeâs Eco-housing project having 712 flats, also has car-sharing scheme. The Singapore Senior Minister of State for foreign affairs Zulkifli said: âThe foremost problem of people here is housing, particularly after a spouse loses a house after divorce after selling it to partner or jointing sharing the money after resale.
Getting a second house is toughâ. Married people are given additional preferences of buying a flat to live near their parents or vice versa to endorse family ties. There is studio house for elderly and similar scheme for singles. For water management, the government says it âloans water, not sells themâ. It has water recovery policy to recycle sewage water, called âusedâ water to lend grace to it. The recycled water is called âNew waterâ. George Madhavan from P