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MR KANWALJEET SINGH KUKREJA SR. MANAGER–MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED Smart Cities for Smart India SMART CITIES The concept of smart city revolves around the fact that the technology should be used to enrich society and the lives of people in a practical and relatable way. The plan not only looks at basic elements like power, water, residences and telecommunications but also various aspects like governance, commerce, social, healthcare, logistics and environment that affects day to day survival. Defining smart cities Due to rapid urbanisation in India, the pressure on cities is set to increase. This has generated a need to improve the quality of life in cities, increase in employment opportunities, ensuring better urban governance and making urban areas better prepared for the effects of climate change. Owing to these challenges, government has launched their much ambitious Smart Cities mission. As India is on a threshold of creating hundred smart cities, the question is do we really understand what a smart city is? Is it what we have seen in the movies? Is it skyscrapers touching the sky, flying cars, latest gadgets and robots to do all the tasks? Absolutely Not! The concept of smart city revolves around the fact that the technology should be used to enrich society and the lives of people in a practical and relatable way. The plan not only looks at basic elements like power, water, residences and telecommunications but also various aspects like governance, commerce, social, healthcare, logistics and environment that affects day to day survival. Selection Criteria Each state government nominated the cities it wished to be considered for smart city funding based upon the number of statutory cities within the state and the population density. The nominated areas were assessed against 13 criteria like ranking on the Swachh The pressure on cities is set to increase. This has generated a need to improve the quality of life in cities, increase in employment opportunities, ensuring better urban governance and making urban areas better prepared for the effects of climate change energetica INDIA · MAR | APR16 55


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