The government of India has launched an ambitious and transformational scheme to develop 100 Smart Cities. These smart cities will be enabled by a number of smart solutions including those targeted to infrastructure, energy, transport, utilities, environmental sustainability, and communication. Government and civic authorities are key enablers for significant portions of civic and administrative infrastructure, utilities, and public amenities. However, individuals, private building owners, and businesses can also contribute by making private and public buildings smarter. After all, the smarter the buildings, the smarter the city will be.
The main goal for a Smart Sustainable City is to enhance the quality of life of the citizens across multiple, interrelated dimensions, including the provision and access to water resources, energy, transportation and mobility, education, environment, waste management, housing and livelihoods, utilising ICTs as the key medium.
This white paper discusses the building of Smart Cities and establishing a sustainable economy as well as healthy communities in response to Minister Naidu’s request. Smart Cities are the integration of information technology, telecommunications, urban planning, smart infrastructure and operations in an environment geared to maximize the quality of life for a city’s population. Such a coordinated approach from the inception of a metropolitan area is key to sustainable growth and development which India requires going forward. This paper highlights how synergies between the United States and India
which can produce such environments, address many looming concerns and
open the pathway to a new era for the Indian economy.
India has recently committed to the development and construction of 100 Smart Cities to meet the demands of its rapidly growing and urbanizing population. This effort will include construction of new municipalities and renovation of existing cities as the rural population shifts into urban areas. This white paper is a direct outgrowth of U. S.-India Business Council (USIBC) Chairman and MasterCard Global CEO Ajay Banga’s mission to meet with the new Modi Administration in June. His discussion with Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu included topics such as India's growing need for jobs, housing, commercial floor space and other pressing challenges.
In India, new growth centers are emerging beyond the country's six emerging metros. As growth shifts to smaller second- and third-tier cities, smart cities efforts need to be refocused on these emerging cities before growth overruns them. This report profiles 20 cities that are poised to emerge as smart cities.
Without a stable supply of electricity, made economically available to all of its inhabitants, India will remain hamstrung with respect to achieving its maximum potential.
The country has been plagued by localized blackouts, an inadequate power infrastructure, crippling power shortages, limiting power quotas and an apparent policy paralysis that has stymied solutions in the past. Thankfully, the winds of change are beginning to blow in favor of the desperate upgrades needed within India. The generation, transmission and distribution sectors are all receiving increased attention from India’s electricity leadership.
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