Smart Cities Coun­cil In­dia launched

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Smart Cities Coun­cil In­dia, an in­dus­try coali­tion to ad­vance smart city de­vel­op­ment and in­no­va­tion, was launched in the Cap­i­tal re­cently. The coun­cil will cat­a­pult Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s 100 smart cities pro­gramme onto the global stage and will be the point of ref­er­ence for smart cities in the coun­try.

“In­dia is the ideal lo­ca­tion for a Smart Cities Coun­cil. We are proud to part­ner with en­trepreneurs such as Pratap Padode, pres­i­dent, Foun­da­tion of In­fra­struc­ture Re­search Stud­ies Train­ing (FIRST), along with In­dian civil so­ci­ety, sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers to de­velop smart cities solutions,” said Philip Bane, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Smart Cities Coun­cil. “With the world’s largest ur­ban democ­racy, we be­lieve that In­dia can show us unique, sus­tain­able solutions that can be utilised through­out the world.”

As the founder of Smart Cities Coun­cil In­dia, Padode will re­cruit In­dian smart cities ex­perts to de­velop a unique Readi­ness Guide for In­dia that will show how the world’s largest ur­ban democ­racy will ac­com­mo­date large-scale growth and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment us­ing smart tech­nolo­gies.

Com­ment­ing on the Cab­i­net’s nod to the smart cities ini­tia­tive, Padode said that “The Union cab­i­net’s green sig­nal to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s smart cities project is one big move which could cat­a­pult In­dia into a smart na­tion by in­vig­o­rat­ing ur­ban re­newal for its 30% pop­u­la­tion and cre­ate en­gines of growth which would fuel the sur­vival of the re­main­ing 70% spread across over 500,000 ham­lets and vil­lages. With just 0.70% of the GDP be­ing spent on ur­ban re­newal, the re­turn on in­vest­ment (ROI) in the form of con­tri­bu­tion is com­pelling at 70% of GDP. Plan­ning and build­ing cities is a high ROI propo­si­tion. If they were built to be smart the quo­tient of sus­tain­abil­ity too would be greater caus­ing the propo­si­tion to be at­trac­tive.”

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