Smart cities promise to provide a quality of life that can support future generations sustainably, says Cushman & Wakefield report.
This white paper is a direct outgrowth of US-India Business Council (USIBC) Chairman and MasterCard Global CEO Ajay Banga's mission to meet with the new Modi Administration in June.
A 'Smart City' is one that has processes in place to make service delivery better, faster and cheaper. Many times, the application of a new technology will provide this edge, but sometimes it is a low-tech solution that best meets the 'better, faster, cheaper' test. As Lavasa's technology partner, MyCity Technologies helps the city make these decisions; but technologies alone does not make Lavasa (or any city) smart. Proceed to read the Master Plan for Lavasa.
Region-wise shortlisted consulting firms for 'Preparation of Proposal for Assisting Cities to Participate in the Smart City Challenge'
In their first meeting in September 2014, President Barack Obama agreed that U.S. industry will serve as lead partners with the prime minister in developing three of those cities—Ajmer (Rajasthan), Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), and Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh).
Minister of Urban development M Venkaiah Naidu announced on 27th August, 2015 the following list of cities and towns selected under smart cities mission.
Urbanization Challenge: Cities are engines of growth for the economy of every nation, including India. Nearly 31% of India’s current population lives in urban areas and contributes 63% of India’s GDP (Census 2011). With increasing urbanization, urban areas are expected to house 40% of India’s population and contribute 75% of India’s GDP by 2030. This requires comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure. All are important in improving the quality of life and attracting people and investments to the City, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development. Development of Smart Cities is a step in that direction.
Urbanisation in India: 2/3 of national GDP comes from urban India, There are about 8,000 cities and towns in India, Share of urban population in 2011 was 31%
Key principles for planning Smart Cities: Smart Cities empower their citizens to make more informed decisions about their city through access to data about the city, its resources and its planning processes.
Cities must adapt to the challenges that modernity has brought along with it in this news digital era. One of these challenges is to reconcile technology with all aspects of the city. a concept better known as a smart city.