Quite undeniably, India is witnessing a meaningful change under its current ruling government. The Smart Cities Mission is one of the new initiatives introduced by the Government of India in order to improve the standard of living of people by harnessing advanced technology and driving economic growth of the cities.
Building a Smarter India!
There is no unified definition of a ‘smart city’. For each of us, the definition of smart city differs; however, in the approach of the Smart Cities Mission, a primary objective is to promote cities that offer a clean and sustainable environment along with better infrastructure to its citizens.
Few of the core elements of a smart city are as follows:
- Electricity supply
- Water supply
- Proper sanitation management
- Efficient public transport
- Affordable housing schemes, especially for the poor
- IT connectivity and Digital movement
- Sustainable environment
- Health and education
- Safety of citizens, especially women, children, and elderly
- Lastly, and, most importantly, Good Governance – E-Governance and active participation of citizens
The concept of ‘Smart Cities Mission’ is an audacious initiative by the Government of India pioneered to drive economic growth by enabling development that leads to smarter outcomes. The application of smart solutions will facilitate the municipal officials of cities to use technology and information to develop smart proposals to improve the lives of its residents.
Smart Cities Mission Features!
With the objective of comprehensive development of a city, some fundamental key features of Smart Cities Mission are mentioned below.
- Housing for all – in other words, affordable housing opportunities for all people.
- Promoting mixed land use in area based developments. In simple words, the states will enable some flexibility in land use and building bylaws to achieve smart cities objectives.
- Necessary administrative services will be offered to reduce road congestion.
- Developing open spaces such as parks, playgrounds and recreational spaces to promote environment balance.
- Built better transport options.
As per the latest statistic, the cities of India accommodate around 31% of India’s current population and contribute nearly 63% of GDP. However, it is estimated that urban areas of the country are expected to house 40% of the country’s population and contribute around 75% of India’s GDP by 2030. Of course, such a massive contribution requires enormous levels of physical, social, institutional and economic infrastructure. Besides, it is also imperative to get the ball rolling for attracting investments into the country. The development of Smart Cities Mission is a step taken in this direction, in other words, progressive direction.
In a nutshell
A series of small steps is already taken by the Government of India by mobilizing resources to the tune of Rs. 50,802 crores for the next five years under the public-private-partnership route. The funds will be invested across an area of 26,735 acres through redevelopment and Greenfield development, which includes excellent urban planning in sync with infrastructure development, land planning, transport, and sustainable architecture.