No, Saudi Arabia has announced to build a city where there will be no cars and roads. In terms of environment, about 10 lakh people will be inhabited here and it will not be difficult to come from other options along with walking. According to the announcement, if such a city is built, then it will not be less than a wonder. But it is still a question till its truth because some similar fantasies happened in the past, but did not come true.
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Dream 1: Chengdu Great City PlanA master plan was made for a city where everything is within walking distance. There should be no closed lane nor more tangled turns. That is, you can easily decide the entire city on foot or by bicycle. Apart from this, there was also preparation for bridges with vertical connectivity between high buildings. About 1 lakh people lived in this city within a radius of 1.3 square kilometers.
Chengdu on the satellite map.
In 2012, there was an exercise to establish such a city in the adjacent area of China’s Chengdu city, but the matter did not proceed with paper. The American company Smithgill, which was set up for its design, later said that it would have been a city without cars. Here offices, houses, schools, grounds are everything, there are no cars and 10 minutes walk from anywhere to anywhere.
Dream 2: It was not thought Masdar
Apart from Chengdu, there are other such stories. Masadar is a city in the United Arab Emirates, which was not conceived as it is today. That is, unlike the way cars and vehicles run here today, it was conceived completely as a car free city. It is a matter of coincidence that an expert from Smithgill was also involved in the planning of this city.
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At the time of developing Masdar as a car free city, it was also kept in mind that about 90 thousand people can live here in a better environment without the daily traffic hazards. But this city, which cherished the dream of settling between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, could not become a car free city as per the plan.
There was an attempt to free Norway’s capital completely.
Dream 3: Cars were banned, but ..
Whenever it comes to car free cities, the mention of Oslo, the capital of Norway, always comes. In 2015, there was a plan to free Oslo from fossil fuel cars to be developed as a future city or an eco friendly city. Even the announcement was made, but the dream collapsed from reality and remained unscathed.
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There was an exercise to free the entire city center here, but this protest was softened after the protest. Even now, some areas in this city are completely car-free, 700 parking spots are over and there is space for bicycles, plants. Despite this, the dream of the city being completely car-free remained unfulfilled.
The names of more such cities have been in the limelight, which have banned cars in parts or on certain days to reduce carbon emissions to overcome climate change. Venice is only a city in Italy, where the current flows through boats, not carts. But to completely free a car from a big city is still a dream. In such a situation, you will keep an eye on the dream of Saudi Arabia.
The city of Venice, Italy, where the boats sail.
How is Saudi Arabia’s dream?
The proposed city of Neom in Saudi Arabia will have facilities like schools, health centers and greenery along with settling 10 lakh people. There will be employment for 3,80,000 people. The infrastructure, to be built at a cost of 100-200 billion dollars, will have a high-speed public transport system. Artificial intelligence will be important.
Know that Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading crude oil exporter and is also among the most polluting countries. Therefore, imagining the city of Neom spread over an area of 26,500 square kilometers is also important for the image of this Middle East country.