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fitting and correcting the ills which manifest the ones we presently live in. Different regions would need different solutions but the goal is common for all. It is in principle the legal framework which was adopted by nations in 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development, Johannesburg; S.A. The climatic conditions of the North is different from the South and so is the lifestyle and culture, but all understand the need to lead a stress-less and better life, be it Bangalore or Delhi. Smart Commuting Thus while some solutions, such as Energy Efficient Buildings, which consume less electricity and water, without compromising on the need would be something which would be adopted across the cites old as well as new, one may see people using more rapid transport systems, by booking tickets and getting real time telemetry data about empty seats, time & position of the train, when it comes to Mumbai, where the city is linear in design and thus train makes more sense, to perhaps New Delhi where the bus ticket could be booked and the concerned parent/ward can keep a watchful eye on their young daughter as she travels late night back from work on their mobile phone itself. Smart Communication, to smart Commuting would be one of the key players in reducing the mad traffic snarls which almost all megalopolises of India face. With IT becoming stronger by the day, the drive for a digital India could see young entrepreneur hiring low cost but talented staff in far-off mofussil villages and towns, without the employee actually needing to travel to the city and finding an abode in the already creaking and bursting at the seams cities. But by use of VoIP. (Voice/video over internet protocol). An instrument my firm have been successfully using since last 5 years! What was once considered as a toy; drones and gyro-copters are now fast replacing pizza delivery boys in the EU and USA. That is a transition to smart commuting, as it reduces a huge amount of pollution which otherwise would be emitted by the rash motorcycles! In India we could adopt that with a humanity thrown in. Instead of making the delivery boy’s SMART CITIES job redundant they can be paid in shifts to control the machines while it makes the clean-tech delivery! A smart city was always a town-planner and architects dream; only in their parlance it was called New Urbanism. The concept is a township where people have easy access to school, markets, hotels and hospitals all at walking distance. Even the Business district would be just a few kilometres away. But the heavy manufacturing industries would be exactly 25 Km away, on the other side of the “ring road”. Thus the inside of the ring has the habitation and the outer-side the industrialization. A concept, those who were the early resident’s of the SAIL (Steel Authority of India Ltd) Cities of Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, Durgapur in West Bengal, Rourkela in Odisha would be well aware of. Yes! India planned and developed smart cities in the 1950’s and then we just lost our way! Today we have the opportunity to revive the design of that master architect and make a contemporary attempt again. And this time have it connected digitally 53 energetica INDIA · MAR | APR16


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