Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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Shashi Mehta, Krishan Kumar Yadav

Last modified: 2016-01-08


The increasingly urban and interconnected world today is recognizing the role of the city as ‘an engine of growth’ and development. Though urban centers are associated with greater access to basic facilities and services - educational, medical, cultural, employment opportunities and greater involvement of polity in the developing economies, cities often have poor infrastructure and services and sub-standard living conditions. Though, currently smart cities being mooted as the solution to all problems with the help of ICT and its enabled services over the globe, they lack clarity in totality. The smart city mission launched as a flagship program in India is working in the same spirit.

With the advancement of science and technology, the importance of ICT and digitization in the overall governance of towns and cities cannot be underestimated, but the feasibility of this option in India, where a sizable proportion of population lives in villages and below poverty line remains debatable. Research studies have proved that, it is also the root cause of compulsive migration to urban areas in search of livelihoods, aggravating urban poverty.

In this background, India needs to plan and develop cities and villages in synergy with regional and local contextual realities. On the foundation of this integration, Indian cities could be built more livable, sustainable, prosperous and inclusive-smart cities ‘with a human face’.

Key words: Engine of growth, Smart Cities with a Human Face, Sustainable, Inclusive