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Digital India initiatives playing major role in smart cities mission, says minister

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

The government on Thursday said Digital India initiatives and schemes like Aadhaar, digital lockers and computerisation of land records, are gaining momentum in the country and playing a major role in the smart cities mission.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the 4th edition of the Smart Cities Summit here where China is the country partner, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, P P Chaudhury said the government’s aim was to take the smart cities initiative to the next level.

Over 1,500 global and national policymakers, financiers and technologists, along with over 25 city and state representatives, have come together at the 4th Smart Urbanisation: Convention and Expo.

The three-day summit has been organised by ASAPP Info Global Group and the India-China Economic and Cultural Council in partnership with the Smart Cities Council India.
By June 2017, some 510 smart city projects with a total investment of Rs 20,669 crore are expected to take off.
Liu Jinsong, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of China, stressed on replicating the model of century-old cities that existed in India such as Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. According to him, the current planners or authorities must think about building medium and small cities, rather than large ones, as city management would be more effective.

The summit witnessed participation from city commissioners from over 25 cities, city CEOs, urban planning consultants, international Smart City experts from the US, China, Korea and senior officials from top companies.