Cities have to get ready for changes

A smart city, by ef­fi­cient util­i­sa­tion of re­sources, will en­able tan­gi­ble solutions for cre­at­ing qual­ity hous­ing for all

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Ro­han Sharma

The smart cities con­cept may not be a novel one, but in the In­dian con­text it is def­i­nitely an idea whose rel­e­vance couldn’t have been bet­ter timed. The gov­ern­ment has pro­vided the thrust to de­velop such cities, which needs to be now backed by a holis­tic con­cept. It aims to take into ac­count not only the in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and associated real es­tate growth but the as­sim­i­la­tion of tech­nol­ogy to in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of the pub­lic ser­vice sys­tems as well. Three crit­i­cal el­e­ments are es­sen­tial to act as en­ablers for cre­ation of smart cities. Th­ese are smart tech­nol­ogy, smart users and smart governance.

Ne­ces­sity for im­proved lo­cal governance

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