In its current form, the smart cities project is analogous to an emperor installing an automated toilet in his palace in the name of improving sanitation in his kingdom
When smart cities were proposed as an answer to the rotting state of Indian cities, nobody knew what ‘smart’ meant. The project was the proverbial carrot to woo the otherwise neglected urban population of India during the 2014 general election. Two years down the line, with 33 cities being awarded the rights to turn smart, it is finally becoming clear as to what urban India will get under this dreamy scheme. Unfortunately, after a careful reading of the fairly voluminous smart city proposals, it is fair to conclude that these are not what a common urban Indian had imagined them to be.