Naya Raipur-the upcoming new capital city of Chhattisgarh-would be developed as a Smart City.
Located between National Highways NH-6 and NH-43, it is 17 km away in the south-east direction from the present capital city of Raipur.
The new city, where the Mantralaya and Secretariat had already started functioning, would be developed in 8000 hectares of area with world-class amenities. The Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) is developing and executing the project. The estimated cost of the project is between Rs 1,500 crore and 2,000 crore. The city- the first integrated township of 21st century-is expected to house about 450,000 people within a decade. Provisions have been made for its expansion and to upgrade infrastructure in the future.
A top level delegation from the state led by housing minister Rajesh Munat on Wednesday gave presentation before Union Minister for Urban Development and Housing M Venkaiah Naidu and top ministry officials for developing Naya Raipur as Smart City. The Union Minister and the officials appreciated the project.
"The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing had assured all financial assistance for developing Smart City," NRDA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amit Kataria said.
The minister and officials observed that Naya Raipur would become a model for other cities, he added.
The ministry had given in-principle approval for the Smart City project.