Radha Kapoor

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The Secret To A 'Smart City': Lessons From Chandigarh And Barcelona

The BBC recently voted Chandigarh as the most perfect city in the world. In the midst of defining what a "smart city" really is and a massive government program to spur private sector investments in Indian cities, Chandigarh's new "designation" should raise some eyebrows. There is nothing "futuristic" as such about it, and there are some areas where signs of "development" are barely visible. Yet, despite its shortcomings, the residents of Chandigarh simply love the city -- predominantly because of the aesthetic of its design and master plan.