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.