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The major cities and business centres are already groaning under the pressure of more people than they can truly handle; the overall standard of living in these cities is dropping. As initiatives such as Modi's Smart Cities campaign take off, more companies are looking to invest in non-metro cities.
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NEW DELHI -- Lucknow topped the list of winners of the Fast Track competition conducted for 23 cities from as many States and Union Territories as the Centre today announced 13 more smart cities. Anno...
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As India continues to industrialize rapidly, it is entering its most energy-intensive phase of economic growth -- building new infrastructure and increasing the use of transportation. Its energy demand was nearly 700mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent) in 2010. According to a McKinsey report, this is expected to cross 1500mtoe by 2030.
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Today's winning Smart Cities and their plans are a great signpost to the future roadmap for India's development. Bottom up, not top down. Confident, not cynical. Looking forward, not back.
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NEW DELHI/BENGALURU -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grand designs to build 100 futuristic 'smart' cities in India, but as this week's devastating flooding in Chennai shows, fixing today's accident...
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NEW DELHI -- Union Urban Development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the list of 98 cities nominated for the Smart City Mission, saying a population of 13 crore across these cities wi...
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Truth is, Indian cities offer extremely low quality of life. Most would qualify as quite un-smart cities. Along with economic opportunities, urban residents need decent housing with core infrastructure such as 24x7 water, power, a tap and sewerage connection in every home, parks and green spaces and a hassle-free commute to work, preferably walking to work or by public transport. Instead, we have slums, pollution, deficient public transport and unresponsive city governance.
The Modi government's ambitious "100 Smart Cities" plan is making urban planning sexy in a country challenged by rapid and chaotic urbanisation. Yet there is no single, universally accepted definition of a "smart city". With massive investment expected to pour in, it is time to understand what will make India's urban centres truly smart. With one in six city dwellers living in a slum, inclusive growth is a critical principle that India cannot ignore.