Puducherry Smart City Corporation Development Ltd (PSCDL) will be getting help from the architects in France to make it truly a Smart City of India. Recently, a team of architectural and technical experts from Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) had visited this erstwhile French colony. The French team which visited Puducherry consisted of Raphael Gastebois, an architect specialising in urban development; Sebastien Rolland, urban planner from Urbalyon (Lyon Metropolitan Area Urban Planning Department) specialising in territorial strategy; Claire Boisset, urban planner; Coralie Marti, urban development expert specialising in tourism development and heritage conservation; and Adrien Faugere, project management specialist from Espelia. The team held joint technical session with the officials of PSCDL to review the key projects identified under the Smart City proposal.
Three projects have been identified for joint development. These projects are Grand Canal Rejuvenation Project, Water Front Development and a dedicated Public Transport Corridor. PSCDL has started preparing a Working Week Report for these three key projects aimed at their implementation. A participatory approach to project implementation will be adopted with frequent consultation with the citizens.
Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, is a union territory of India. The plan of the city of Puducherry is based on the French grid pattern and features perpendicular streets. The town is divided into two sections: the French Quarter and the Indian quarter. Many streets retain French names, and villas in French architectural styles are a common sight.