Allahabad is a very old settlement on the banks of the Ganges. Soon, it will become one of India’s first “smart cities”, according to the plans being piloted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Allahabad is considered the spiritual capital of India. It is a famous pilgrimage place.
Innovation plans for the city are supported by an agreement signed by both the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the US President Barack Obama, during a recent visit he paid to India. The document guarantees American assistance.
Allahabad is one of India’s oldest cities and it is surrounded by sacred rivers and farmland. It was one of three selected for the first phase of the Smart City Project, along with eastern port Visakhapatnam and Ajmer in the desert state of Rajasthan.
The plans include power plants using recyclable materials, instead of coal.
Also, technology could be used to clean up the Ganges, whose confluence with the Yamuna River in Allahabad draws millions of devotees, ascetics and foreign tourists for the Kumbh Mela and other festivals.
Solar panels in every home could help to boost power output.
Nevertheless, Diane Farrell, acting president of the US-India Business Council, noticed that cities cannot be reliant only on US companies for funding. They need to develop successful public-private partnerships. People must take responsibility and maybe additional taxes have to be introduced to fund these projects.