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Tale of a new city

Naya Raipur in Chattisgarh is a spanking new addition to the list of ambitious smart cities in the country

Vishal Koul

It’s a sprawling 8,000-hectare township aiming at sustainability and a capacity to house over 450,000 people. Naya Raipur — located just 17 km away from Chattisgarh’s existing capital, Raipur — is being built as India’s 4th planned city after Gandhinagar, Chandigarh and Bhubaneshwar. The much-awaited planned city boasts of top-notch facilities for government and commercial offices, residential areas, health and educational institutes, five- and seven-star hotels and much more. With an already functional state-of-the-art Mantralaya and Secretariat, and a newly-built cricket stadium, Naya Raipur is all set to go green with energy-efficient lighting solutions for roads within the city. The Naya Raipur Development Authority, which is executing the project, has so far spent over ₹2,000 crore in building the infrastructure. The state is also expected to get funds from the Centre as part of the smart city allocation of ₹7,000 crore made in the recent Union Budget. And as expected, real estate prices have already hit the roof — even before the city gets populated.