100 smart cities, the dream project of central government announced in the budget 2014 is on tarmac of taking off now. The Media has persistently reported new developments on strategizing this ambitious program. Developing smart cities across the nation at such a scale has apparently been the lawn of discussion for policy makers, opposition parties and other stakeholders in the Indian real estate sector and infrastructure domain.
Let’s look through the ideology behind smart cities, the concept and its objectives that the new government aims to accomplish.
Smart cities, the Ideology:
- Rapid urbanization and increasing pressure on limited floor space index across urban regions in India led to the need and conception of smart cities
- Growth of industrialization and economic progress in the country went into the need of conceptualizing more urban conurbations to effectively absorb migrant/working populating. Advanced cities in terms of sustainable living, water and energy conservation and public safety, supportive healthcare facilities and employment generation emerged as the solution
- Increasing population demands efficient and judicious use of limited infrastructure and other public utilities which subsequently begets the urgency of radically transforming life with the use of technological innovation
Smart cities, the objectives:
- Conceptualization of smart cities is based on achieving enhanced livability index across the corridors of growth which are expected to push economic growth in the near future
- To boost efficiency of public utility in transportation, communication, water/gas/electricity supply and subsequently realize a modern lifestyle for domiciles
- To establish safe and secure living environment utilizing technological innovations which subsequently adds to the inclusive growth prospects of these cities
- Optimally utilize information technology to habilitate the migrant population with e-management systems being the spine of infrastructure
Interestingly, riding along with the critics on this project’s scope, rollout costs and source of funding, this new initiative has been received with much cheer across the construction/infrastructure sector and common citizens of the country.