Would you like to live in a city that is all about technology? From drones, robots, Japanese bullet trains to vehicles in auto-pilot mode, it has all to offer. But for that, you need to relocate to Philippines’ city of the future – New Clark City.
First Sustainable City to Be Built By 2022 in the Philippines
The government of Philippines is planning this $14 billion high-tech smart city to take the burden off the country’s capital, Manila, which is reeling under challenges of gridlock traffic and ever-increasing pollution. As per UN Data, the capital’s population density is 14,500 people per square kilometer which is triple than that of London. Moreover, Manila is vulnerable to floods and typhoons; New Clark City is planned to be sustainable and eco-friendly and free of the country’s current problems. Similar to the green Liuzhou Forest City in China or Forest City in Malaysia, New Clark City is completely planned from scratch.
Also called Clark Green City, it is situated 100 km away from Manila within the Clark Special Economic Zone. A Japanese company is employed to design train connectivity between both the cities, which will bring down the commute time to one hour from the current three hours. Spread over 23,400 acres, New Clark City lies in the land-locked Tarlac province with its development managed by the state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority. It is planned to be home to two million people and is expected to contribute $30 billion to the country’s economy yearly.
Manila-Clark Railway designed to transport up to 350,000 passengers daily
President Rodrigo Duterte plans to design a city that is resilient to climate changes and natural calamities. He also wants to decentralize the government offices away from the capital’s traffic jams, which would cause a loss of $155 million per day to the city’s productivity by 2030, as found out by a Japanese government study. According to Bloomberg, Duterte even means that the capital Manila will be dead in 25 years.