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."
To provide a safer community in fast-growing Surat, the city police department started the ‘Safe City Project,’ an initiative striving to reduce the city’s crime rate using modern technology. Watch this Microsoft CityNext video to learn more about what Surat police did to curb crime.
Roads simply cannot expand infinitely to keep pace with growth in traffic volumes. Traffic congestion and easing excess traffic on key roads can be seen as a flow problem. This video introduces SMIDER, a cloud-based road traffic automation solution.
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.
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.