Construction Week|January 2020
When the government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission in 2015, there was a general perception that it would take another few decades before anything came to pass. Today, 20 cities have already been made into Smart Cities.
Based on the learnings from the implementation of the first major urban mission namely the JNNURM, preparation of smart city proposals has been on a participatory basis. The government did not prescribe any particular model to be adopted by the smart cities. One of the criticisms about the earlier mission was adequately addressed by making it clear that the approach is not one of one-size fits all. Each city had to formulate its own concept, vision, mission and plan which is appropriate to its local context, resources and levels of ambition.
Technology plays a critical role in development of smart cities. Technology tackles severances of the system saving both money and time. A smart city is the development of a region or a city using information and communication technologies to enhance the performance and quality of urban services such as energy, connectivity, transportation, utilities, and others. A smart city is developed when ‘smart’ technologies are installed to change the nature and economics of the surrounding infrastructure. The cloudbased applications collect and manage data In real-time to help the enterprises and residents make better decisions that improve the quality of life.
Jacob A Thomas, chief technology officer, Athenta Technologies, says, “Building a smart city requires massive investments; It is, however, one of the best possible changes that can be brought into one's lifestyle. The smart cities are designed for optimum usage of space and resources along with the optimal distribution of benefits. Schools, roads, hospitals, and other public properties improve significantly. Smart city technologies tackle severances of the system saving both money and time. An advancing technology helps one realise and acknowledge their needs to develop their lifestyles and adapt to everyday demands.”
With a dearth of residential options in fast-growing cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune, their boundaries are expanding, leading to arise in the development of integrated township developments.
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