Envisioning a truly smart city

The success of the smart city mission depends on urban local bodies, and it is imperative to carve out a bigger role for them in the national development strategies

Amit KapoorBibek Debroy

The smart city mission, as envisaged by the Prime Minister, is embedded in the idea of promoting cities that provide ease of living to its citizens, with core infrastructural development, a clean and sustainable environment and access to resources through the adoption of data-oriented “smart solutions”. Through extensive work on the social, economic, physical, and institutional pillars of the city, smart cities seek to promote economic growth and enhance the quality of life. The goal is to create reproducible models that serve as beacons for other aspirant cities, with an emphasis on sustainable and inclusive development. However, this new face of urbanisation — emanating from India’s strive to adopt innovative digital and sustainable approaches to achieve its goal — is not unilateral. It is intrinsically tied to different aspects of governance, especially reforms at the level of local governance with the aim of making urban local bodies and their admin
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First Published: Jan 18 2023 | 10:33 PM IST

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