It may take at least four to five years for people to understand what a Smart City means in improving the quality of their lives. That would be realised when some of the 20 projects selected in the first batch accomplish at least partly some of the objectives.
In this ecosystem design plays an important role as designers are trained to think how people think, act, consume, conserve and live. Designers add value through their skills of understanding the consumer, mitigating risks by well crafted value proposition for services, and create sustainable solutions.
For a country like India where rapid urbanisation is happening, a majority of people who are dependent on agriculture will be curiously looking at major changes happening to cities.
India is making steady progress in the areas of manufacturing, industrialisation, and boom in information technology. Today, about 31 per cent of India’s population lives in urban areas or cities. They contribute to 63 per cent of the nation’s economic activity.
With the rapid economic growth, urban areas are expected to house 40 per cent of the country’s population and contribute 75 per cent of its GDP by 2030.
Such growth calls for comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure.
The implementation of the concept of Smart City will bring order to this tectonic shift in building self-sustainable cities that will see efficient usage of energy and other resources.
A key component of Smart City that will improve inclusive growth and liveability will witness extensive use of data and intelligent tools to generate information to better manage the services delivered to people who will drive the change towards better life.
The objective of the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and offer a decent quality of life to citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions. It plans to cover 100 cities in a period of 2015–2020.
The importance of developing Smart Cities is reflected in forecasts that urban India will contribute nearly 75 per cent of India’s GDP in the next 15 years. Smart Cities being the future of India, one could expect transparency in governance as most service delivery will be automated. Deployment of Internet of Things is all set to change the face of Indian cities by the deployment of smart homes with civic bodies ensuring energy efficient power generation and uninterrupted water supplies.