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Smart City Scheme

 

 

Project under the Smart City Scheme

Under the Smart City Scheme (SCS), a project, other than a technopole project, should:

  1. be developed on land of an extent of at least 21.105 hectares (50 arpents) and include
  2. adhere to the live, work and play concept and shall provide for a majority of the residential population to live and work in the same location
  3. incorporate within the development a mix of compatible land use including commercial, leisure and residential and consisting of a combination of office, light industrial, hotel, retail, public entertainment and housing so that the inclusive development achieves physical and functional integration and creates a pedestrian oriented urban environment
  4. have at least 25 percent of the residential properties sold to citizens of Mauritius or members of the Mauritian Diaspora registered with the Board of Investment under the Mauritian Diaspora Scheme

 Components of Smart City projects

A smart city project, other than a technopole project, must include:

  1. business facilities, with a mandatory innovation cluster
  2. residential properties on the condition that the land area planned for the construction of residential properties does not exceed 50 percent of the total land area
  3. affordable housing units for middle-income earners
  4. civic centres and leisure amenities
  5. high-quality public spaces that help promote social interaction and a sense of community, including but not limited to gardens, open plazas, cycle routes and pedestrian precincts
  6. day-to-day management services
  7. use of information and communication technology to sense, analyse and integrate the key information to provide intelligent urban management and services
  8. the use technology products or practices resulting in substantial operational cost savings through reduced energy consumption and utility costs
  9. measures which to the extent possible –
    1. generate their own energy requirements through eco-friendly mechanisms such as solar plants and wind farms
    2. produce their own water needs; and
    3. are autonomous in their waste management systems.
  10. Social programmes and obligations
  • Existing site or projects

An existing site or project may be redeveloped under a Smart City Scheme provided it meets the set criteria and requirements of the Scheme.

  • Development model

The development model for smart city projects includes the Smart City Company, the Smart City Developer and the Smart City Management Company.

  1. The Smart City Company is the landlord developer which will:
    1. design and submit a project under the Smart City Scheme to the Board of Investment for approval
    2. be responsible for the implementation of all components of the project
    3. develop bare land into serviced land
    4. engage in building, developing, managing and executing specific projects
    5. sell serviced land to other companies which will act as Smart City Developers to develop and execute specific projects in a smart city
  2. The Smart City Developer is a company which has:
    1. acquired a portion of land from the smart city company to develop one or more component of the smart city
    2. acts in concert with the smart city company
    3. execute the specific component of the project.
  3. Every Smart City Company shall set up a Smart City Management Company.  The objective of the Smart City Management Company is to manage a smart city under the Scheme using Internet, new high-performance digitalised technologies and high-tech methods with a view to maintaining the sustainability, innovativeness and eco-friendliness of the smart city, as well as connecting people and integrating information and elements in order to increase the quality of life of its residents.

The functions of the Smart City Management Company include:

  1. the tasks of a syndic in accordance with the Code Civil Mauricien;
  2. providing security, maintenance, gardening, solid waste disposal and other services;
  3. maintaining and managing open public spaces;
  4. providing an intelligent response to different kinds of needs, including daily livelihood, environmental protection, public safety and city services, industrial and commercial activities;
  5. implementing and managing a real-time sensor network system that automatically monitors and detect changes in the status of public infrastructure to ensure the quick and appropriate provision of services; and
  6. the use of smart energy management technologies to help suppliers of utility services and distributors to forecast and manage energy loads.

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