Even when corporate leaders on the panel debated the key elements that defined a smart city, urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu told the Economic Times India Infra Summit 2017 that building smart cities needs top-quality local leadership.
Following up on his poll promise of building 100 smart cities, a massive plan has been rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since his election to select cities and then handhold them into transforming into a better place for citizens.
“Wherever there is a good CEO of the smart city, where there is a good special purpose vehicle, or a good municipal commissioner, or a good mayor or a state chief minister who is visionary, things are moving faster. In other places, in spite of all my attempts, things are not moving. So, you need proper men, proper leadership,” said Naidu, who defined a smart city as a comfortable liveable city.
“Smart city is a mix of smart elements and these smart elements change over a period of time,” said managing director of ABB India and one of the panelists at the summit, Sanjeev Sharma. The others on the panel were Getambar Anand, chairman of realtor ATS Infra, Brotin Banerjee, managing director of Tata Housing, and Vipul Tuli, CEO of Sembcorp India.
“Having citizen services online is a key criterion of defining a city as smart and also increases the transparency of the transactions. You have to assure that all the utilities that citizens consume are of high quality and are available all the time,” Sharma said, adding that if India takes on an early and faster adoption of electric vehicles technology it can boost the quality of life in cities.
A smart city needs a sustainable governance model besides new technology and a responsible local leadership.
News Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com
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