The vision about smart cities in India being about symbols instead of enabling the power of citizens to find the financial and intellectual resources to address their problems is unsmart
The beginnings of the smart city story in India did not inspire. Even as the Prime Minister spoke of a revolution where citizens would contribute to formulate development visions of their cities, ending the top-down approach, and moving to people-centric urban development, the head table struck a sobering note. There were more than 500 mayors and city leaders in attendance, but all were in the audience. With the Prime Minister were his ministerial colleagues, two chief ministers, one deputy chief minister, and senior bureaucrats. Cutting through the rhetoric, it clarified the real basis of power; the state holds the political reins, and the Union the strings to some large purses.
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