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%
Smart City Concepts
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.
Government has decided on developing 100 "Smart Cities" in the country. Accordingly, in his budget speech of July 2014, the Finance Minister has stated "As the fruits of development reach an increasingly large number of people, the pace of migration from the rural areas to the cities is increasing. A neo middle class is emerging which has the aspiration of better living standards. Unless, new cities are developed to accommodate the burgeoning number of people, the existing cities would soon become unliveable. The Prime Minister has a vision of developing 'one hundred Smart Cities', as satellite towns of larger cities and by modernising the existing mid-sized cities."
Much has been written about India's quest to build 100 smart cities. This brief video from India's Ministry of External Affairs provides a high-level overview of India's plans to tranform its urban landscape and its diplomatic efforts to reach out to other nations -- the U.S., Japan, Singapore and Australia among them -- to help make it happen.