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USA-India Smart Cities Conclave
Dec 02, 2014

At the US-India Smart Cities Conclave held recently in New Delhi India emphasized that it was time to walk the talk on PM’s Mission on smart cities. Unless the leadership is smart with smart vision, smart commitment and smart courage to take reforms the smart city mission cannot be realized. Transparency and accountability is very important.

As a follow up of Hon’ble PM’s visit to the US, the United States has agreed to help develop the Indian cities of Visakhapatnam, Ajmer and Allahabad as Smart Cities. Also, Japan has come forward to help develop Varanasi as a smart city and Singapore has agreed to help develop the capital city of Andhra Pradesh between Vijayawada and Guntur. Barcelona has come forward to collaborate with DDA and the Ministry of Urban Development in developing a smart city near Delhi.

In the conclave India said, culture and prosperity should go hand in hand and that smart cities in India should be developed keeping in mind the Indian culture and traditions and need not necessarily follow the western practices. One size does not fit all. Smart cities should be people centric and should make life comfortable for the people. They have to be so planned as to have uninterrupted power, water, proper sanitation, efficient management of solid waste, decongestion of roads, last mile connectivity, effective use of ICT etc. Digitization of records, online applications and sanctions would reduce delays and corruption. Just building smart cities is not enough sustainability has to be ensured. India suggested to the US-India Business Council to constitute sub-committees one for each of the three smart cities, go there and study and prepare an action plan and a blue print so that the Mission could be taken forward.

India said that the key to success in developing Smart Cities is collaboration. Financing is crucial to developing Smart Cities in India.

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