Project Nano City

Written by: Madhur

On Sep 27th, 2006

Couple of days back attended a talk at Stanford by Sabeer Bhatia on planning and development of the “Nano City” project. This has been in news last week, but he revealed a lot more details in the talk, which I will list here. The impressive thing about this project is of course the grand scale at which it is being planned. The project is much bigger than a typical SEZ, both in terms of the area being planned and the amount of investment planned. The idea of this project is to develop a complete ecosystem that promotes research, innovation and high quality development in high-tech industry.

Salient points from the talk:

  • It is a public-private sector partnership between Haryana government and Sabeer Bhatia’s company
  • It is being developed in a place 15 km from Chandigarh in Haryana on a land of around 5,000 acres
  • A world class highway will be construcuted on the 15 km stretch, which will be an investment of $15 million
  • Initially planned population density of the city is 100 per acres (just for some perspective: Delhi is 250 per acre, Mumbai is 1250 per acre, Manhattan 750 per acre), which means a total population of half a million.
  • Infrastructure: $2 billion worth of investment on a power plant to supply electricity. Construction of dam on the nearby rivers to provide clean water
  • Total investment for the development of this city would be roughly around $5 billion
  • Plan to set up a top notch University to ensure a constant talent flow into the city. Currently in talks with some American and Australian Universities
  • The 5 year plan is to have a population of around 50k and in ten years around half million (could be faster looking at how quickly Greater Noida has developed)
  • The city would attract companies working on technologies like nano technology, biosciences, software product development, next generation Internet products, materials research and energy.

This could become a Shenzhen of India if it turns into reality, which will definetely encourage more state governements and corporates to take initiatives like these. Considering that there is so much [pdf link] foreign investment flowing in even with current poor infrastructure, it is mind boggling to imagine what could happen when more and more world class areas like this project spring up in India.

Another example of similar project that I spotted recently is the Smart City project in Kerela, although not much details out on this yet.

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8 Responses

  1. 1. DesiPundit » Archives » Project Nano City said on September 28th, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    […] Madhur attended a talk by Sabeer Bhatia (of Hotmail fame) at Stanford and came away with much information on Project Nano City in Haryana. […]

  2. 2. Sunil said on September 29th, 2006 at 6:04 am

    And the maids and drivers, aayas and press-wallas, where will they live? Are they going to be part of the population? Where will their children study?

  3. 3. Madhur said on September 29th, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    Sunil, definetely these people are needed for offering their services and from the talk it seems like their will be room for everyone to maintain the ecosystem. I hope they launch a website or something soon to give out more information.

  4. 4. bhagavan.n.d. said on October 1st, 2006 at 5:52 am

    The projections / plans are quite challenging no doubt. However I am pessimistic about their timely completion, given the past picture of govt and private joint ventures due to underlying political and bureaucratic hurdles.

  5. 5. Madhur said on October 1st, 2006 at 6:04 am

    It is interesting you make this comment because there was exactly this question from some audiences during the talk. The answer from Mr. Bhatia was that the current government has just started its term and the project is already underway. So even if there is not much support from the next government hopefully this project will be quite a long way towards its execution. I guess we will wait and see how it goes.

  6. 6. IndianPad said on October 1st, 2006 at 9:39 am

    Project Nano City…

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  7. 7. Mohit Sharma eck said on October 16th, 2006 at 4:28 am

    Will there is enough fund available for such highly ambitioned projects. doesn’t it look like conquering the Mt. Everest .

  8. 8. Madhur said on October 16th, 2006 at 6:59 am

    It certainly sounds like one huge task to achieve. He did mention that plans are in place to raise the funds. We will see how far this goes!

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