A smart city is not only about cutting-edge technology, gadgets guiding your lifestyle or using ICT (Information and Communications Technology) but also to string together a man-machine interaction that will drive our socio-economic engagement in the society.
Nirup Jayanth, Managing Director, Jurong Consultants (India) & Surbana Jurong Group, Singapore, opines that in a greenfiled city, flexibility and dynamism can be added to infrastructure development, by building in a modular and incremental manner with a cluster-based approach.
When will my city become smart? This is the question that I am sought to respond to very often. The name 'Smart Cities Mission' should be renamed 'Smart Area Mission' as no city under smart cities will turn smart as per the funding provided under the mission but only an area will receive focused attention in its transformation.
This Union Budget came against the backdrop of a raft of reforms, economic slowdown and fiscal stress. While the Budget proposals will incrementally contribute to economic expansion with its de facto elements of stimulus, the pace of growth will largely be due to factors outside the Budget.
Chief of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) has invited stakeholders to be part of the global body's March summit in large numbers. Together, with other members of the industry, he also lauded the ASAPP Info Global Group New Delhi seminar - organised for Anchor Electricals - to deliberate and address challenges in the area of solar technology.
The development of India's Smart Cities has to be people-centric if the programme has to succeed in the long-term, a cross section of experts opined. This will entail smarter use of available resources and technologies to improve both infrastructure and service delivery in areas proposed for such development.