What is Singapore model of a smart city and how much India can replicate it?

By in Education, Facts, Techology, www_alltechtricks_org on January 30, 2015
Why has been there so tinkle around Singapore in terms of Narendra Modi government planning 100 smart cities? Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu has returned from Singapore after deliberating development of AP’s new state capital. His Telengana counterpart K Chandrashekhar Rao visited here previous with idea of developing his port cities.India talks of “smart cities” and Singapore Minister of State for foreign affairs Masagos Zulkifli said Singapore had started talking of becoming the “first smart nation” of the country with plans like underground growth of the city and selective use of robotics to further curtail or improve human efforts.Right from coffee shops to Singaporeans with Indian roots to business bodies, there has been a certain buzz around India “breaking barriers”, as Zulkifli put it during his meeting with Indian journalists at a cafe on 14 June. With Singapore PM Leen Tsien Loong calling India a key regional player during current Asean-India meet and Indian Pm Modi likely to attend Singapore’s 50th Independence Day celebrations next year, there is lot of expectation around business bodies and individual entrepreneurs looking up to India as next big destination.Talk to policy makers and city planners and this is what they mean by “a smart city” – a mix of urban town planning, multi-layer sewerage pipes with sensors to notice damage, combined transport plan to charge less from commuters notwithstanding his long distance tours with change in mode of transport and augmented focus on bicycling to reach metro rail stations rather than taking cars.
Singapore Model

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.

“Policemen are hardly visible in Singapore. Yet, all follow rules. It is not about fear of law but about be good yourself on road”, 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 tourists’ attraction. “All buildings are made as per master plan. It is a multi-agency effort”, 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. Singapore’s 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, Singapore’s Eco-housing project having 712 flats, also has car-sharing scheme. The Singapore Senior Minister of State for foreign affairs Zulkifli said: “The 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 tough”. 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 “loans water, not sells them”. It has water recovery policy to recycle sewage water, called “used” water to lend grace to it. The recycled water is called “New water”. George Madhavan from P