National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) on Thursday launched its report–Integrated ICT and Geospatial Technologies Framework for 100 Smart Cities Mission– at the Smart City Expo in Delhi.
The report is aimed to provide solutions to develop new smart cities and modernize existing cities in India by implementing Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions.
Describing smart cities briefly, Nasscom&’s report states, “A smart city effectively delivers public services to citizens and businesses wherever they may be located, in an integrated and resource-efficient way while enabling innovative collaborations to improve the quality of life, reduce any detrimental impact on environment, grow the local and national economy and ensure safety.”
The report further states, “For creating smart cities, India needs a balanced focus in terms of modernising city infrastructure and leveraging technology to improve efficiency and capacity of city services.”
In terms of city infrastructure, investments will be required to modernise city services like water, energy, public transportation, roads, sewage, etc. In terms of technology, investments will be required to take up technology initiatives in core city subsystems like energy, water, transportation, public safety, citizen services, city governance, healthcare, education, etc., according to the report.
All of this can be done by leveraging advances in technologies as well as by synergising with several investments already made in creating technology infrastructure, all across.
India is expected to witness a three-fold increase in its urban population by 2031. To serve this much of population, the Narendra Modi government on 29 April 2015 launched the Smart Cities Mission. Under the mission, the union government will develop 100 smart cities in India and each state will have at least one smart city.