India: The 3rd National Summit on 100 Smart Cities India 2017 kicked off in New Delhi on Friday. The conference featured designated heads of municipalities, urban-city planners, researchers, academicians, engineers and consultants, energy and utility experts, mobility and transportation experts, and technology providers.
The objective behind holding this conference is to facilitate brainstorming on the opportunities, challenges and scope for developing a truly smart city infrastructure, encompassing the current situations pertaining to policy guidelines, regulatory norms, implementation challenges, etc., highlighting the importance of integrating ICT to support the smart cities mission in India.
By 2050, about 70% of the population of India would be living in cities. With this population shift, we need smart cities that would support urban lifestyles. Cities that ensure optimal living conditions and benefits to everyone in the society.
Therefore, to supply these populations with basic resources like safe food, clean water and sufficient energy, while also ensuring overall economic, social and environmental sustainability, smart cities are the need of the hour.
In effect, the components of a smart city would include enabling a better life, with services, mobility, environment, e-governance, economy, sustainability and inclusiveness as the pillars for success.