Smart TownshipWith the increasing level of pollution and carbon footprints, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has planned to develop India’ s first Carbon-Neutral smart township in the Pune city. The township will be developed in collaboration with Switzerland’s 2000-Watt Smart Cities Association (2000WSCA).

The smart township will not only help in reducing carbon emission but will also enhance energy sustainability and efficiency. The MoU which was signed recently will also focus on the development of a carbon-neutral regulatory framework.

Giving more information on the above, Vikram Kumar Commissioner, PMRDA said, “To make Pune a better place to live, we have signed an MoU with the Swiss Corporation to develop a township that will focus on elements of carbon neutrality and energy sufficiency. At the same time, this smart township will also promote the importance of sustainable living among the residents.”

He further informed that to achieve goals set by the COP21 Paris treaty; many Swiss cities have already adopted this model to control global warming.

“The collaboration will help is getting support from the Swiss University of Zurich’s Fintech laboratory, the University of Lucerne in the field of mobility, tourism, waste management, and the University of Rapperswil in the field of agriculture cluster for various developmental aspects in PMRDA region,” Kumar added.

In a first-of-its-kind development, the smart township would integrate 12 different themes from agriculture cluster, tourism, emerging technology, fintech, start-ups to healthcare. The project would be developed in the Pune city and based on its success; the model will then be transferred to other states too.

The expected cost of development of this township will be over USD 1 billion and thus the investments will be garnered by both Indian as well as Swiss establishments and industries.