Act smart

Down to Earth - - LETTERS - DBN MURTHY

This is with ref­er­ence to the ed­i­to­rial "How smart is a smart city?" (Au­gust 1-15, 2014). Due to hap­haz­ard de­vel­op­ment and il­le­gal mi­gra­tion, our ci­ties and towns are reel­ing from a host of prob­lems, in­clud­ing poor in­fra­struc­ture and lack of clean drink­ing wa­ter. To make th­ese ci­ties "smart" would be a Her­culean task, one that would in­volve huge amount of money and might dis­place peo­ple. In­stead of build­ing new smart ci­ties, the gov­ern­ment should fo­cus on solv­ing the prob­lems of the ex­ist­ing ci­ties. The em­pha­sis should be on rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, so­lar power and ef­fi­cient garbage col­lec­tion and dis­posal.

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