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SMART CITIES ENERGETICA INDIA Reconceptualising Smart Cities: A Reference Framework for India; CSTEP The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) has recently released the report “Reconceptualising Smart Cities: A Reference Framework for India”. The Government of India (GoI) initiated the ‘100 Smart Cities Mission’ in 2014. This has triggered deliberations across the country on the concept of smart cities, the need and the orientation of the Mission in the context of India’s present urbanisation scenario. The concept of a ‘Smart City’ is a relatively new phenomenon in India. This report is a step towards synthesising various aspects related to smart cities that has led to the formation of a proposed Reference Framework by CSTEP, for the Smart Cities Mission in India. The report is expected to guide policy makers and urban practitioners in making critical decisions, in an accountable manner and spirit, which will truly make Indian cities smart. Sujaya Rathi is a Principal Research Scientist at CSTEP and has over 17 years of experience in the field of integrated land use transportation research and planning in India and the USA. She is currently involved in the development of decision support tools for sanitation and transport. She is also working with the Department of Town and Country Planning, Government of Karnataka, as knowledge partner in the National Sustainable Habitat and Smart city Mission. She has helped the Planning Commission, Government of India to develop future development scenarios for India, based on systems analysis. She holds a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University, USA and another Master’s degree in Economics from Jadavpur University, India. Her research interests include sustainable urban transport and systems approach to planning. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). ENERGETICA INDIA: How should one define A Smart City; considering there are many definitions available? SUJAYA RATHI: Globally, the notion of smart cities is not new. There are multiple ideas, definitions and approaches to smart cities. There is no ‘one size fits all’ model for smart cities that can be replicated in India. The current scenario indicates a critical need for defining and contextualising the various aspects of smart city development. SPEAKING TO... Ms. Sujaya Rathi Principal Research Scientist, CSTEP to learn from the team’s research on Smart Cities 48 energética INDIA · MAR | APR16


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