Uniqueness of India’s smart cities
Indian smart city efforts need to recognize the economic differences between its cities
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold commitment to build 100 smart cities throughout India is a worthy centrepiece of his urban agenda. The promise of this tech-savvy approach is greater livability, sustainability and improved public accountability. Such an extensive modernization effort would also deliver jobs and attract new investment through several important global partnerships, including a new partnership with the US government and industry. The challenge facing the initiative is to make sure it responds to the unique challenges within India’s cities and not simply clone efforts going on worldwide.