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A city for sports enthusiasts rises near Delhi

The Buddh International Circuit hosts the Formula One Grand Prix of India and is the hub of a sports-themed city rising on the outskirts of Delhi. (EPA/SRDJAN SUKI /LANDOV)

Will “sports cities” someday trump “smart cities” as the hottest buzzword in urban development circles? About 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Delhi, a self-contained metropolis and dream for sports enthusiasts is under construction, according to the developer, the Jaypee Group.

The Jaypee Greens Sports City touts itself as part of a new breed of “lifestyle brand” cities. The metropolis is being built around India’s first Formula One auto racing circuit and will include stadiums for cricket and field hockey. Along with a mix of commercial and residential buildings, it would feature gardens, a flower farm and go kart tracks.

The sports city, however, appears to conflict with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of 100 “smart cities.” Jagan Shah, director of India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs, tells Business Today that the Sports City and another new community, Lavasa, are designed for the elite — and are not inclusive. “Our cities cannot have boundary walls,” he says. 

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