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Sonntag, 23.06.2024
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The promise of a Smart City is one that holds immense potential for urban development, technological innovation, and improved quality of life. However, in the case of Srinagar, this promise has been overshadowed by recent events that have revealed the glaring flaws in the implementation of the Smart City project. Srinagar has long struggled with infrastructural challenges exacerbated by its unique geography and climate.

The Smart City initiative was meant to address these challenges by leveraging technology to enhance various aspects of urban living, from efficient transportation systems to sustainable waste management practices. However, the recent inundation of roads and streets in the city following heavy rainfall has laid bare the inadequacies of the project.

One of the primary objectives of the Smart City project is to create resilient infrastructure capable of withstanding natural disasters and extreme weather events. Yet, the scenes of waterlogged streets and paralyzed traffic in Srinagar paint a starkly different picture. The failure to implement proper drainage systems and stormwater management measures has left the city vulnerable to flooding, disrupting daily life and posing serious risks to public health and safety.

Moreover, the lack of coordination and oversight in the execution of the Smart City project has led to a myriad of other issues. Delayed construction, cost overruns, and alleged substandard workmanship have become common grievances among residents and local authorities alike. Instead of serving as a model of urban development, the project has become synonymous with inefficiency, mismanagement, and squandered resources.

Furthermore, the disconnect between the lofty ambitions of the Smart City project and the ground realities of life in Srinagar has only served to widen existing socio-economic disparities. While affluent neighborhoods may have access to state-of-the-art amenities and services, marginalized communities continue to grapple with inadequate infrastructure and basic public services. The promise of inclusivity and equitable development, central to the Smart City ethos, remains elusive for many residents of Srinagar.

In light of these developments, it is imperative that a critical reassessment of the Smart City project in Srinagar be undertaken. This entails not only addressing the immediate challenges posed by flooding and infrastructural deficiencies but also fundamentally reevaluating the approach to urban development in the region.

Community engagement, transparent governance, and sustainable planning must form the bedrock of any future initiatives aimed at revitalizing Srinagar and ensuring the well-being of its residents. The recent inundation of roads and streets in Srinagar serves as a sobering reminder that the path to building a truly smart city is fraught with challenges and complexities.

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Quelle/Source: Brighter Kashmir, 20.05.2024

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