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How smart are our cities? How smart are our cities?

How smart are our cities?

After 1990, urbanisation in India picked up pace, becoming faster than anywhere else in the world. This rise can be attributed to population growth, opening up of the industry (both manufacturing and services), better quality of living as well as employment opportunities in urban areas. Recent acknowledgment of the fact that the real India resides in large as well as small cities,has led to the proposition of developing 100 smart cities. This will serve to ease the pressure of migrant population in existing urban enclaves and ensure that the struggles associated with urban living (slums, smog, sewage and congestion) become a thing of the past.

The purpose of this report is to analyse the extent to which Indian cities are employing technology to increase efficiency in administration and empower the citizens. The prime objective of this report is to assess the current situation of the city by analysing various social, economic and urban components and metrics in order to develop a comprehensive stock of the city. One of the main objectives of this assessment is to reveal a clear picture of current state of the respective identified cities in terms of the selected metrics. This assessment will help as a tool for policymakers and city administrators to understand current and emerging needs of the city and assist in developing strategies to make it more attractive, prosperous and sustainable while advancing towards the wellbeing of its citizens and communities. While the focus is on the 10 major cities, the report also evaluates areas where Greenfield smart cities are likely to come up.