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Will Smart City projects cope up with population pressue
The recent initiative of the smart city plans in India is a great phase in the developmental framework of India.It is an urban renaissance to be said in a more convincing way.We must remember that a smart city is not just buildings being architected in a modern design and every kind of services possible being available to the people,but it is the way of the people's interaction with their city in a sustainable way.To be more specific there should be a change in the way the people behave in the society and their lifestyle.We see that many people come to the city in search of employement from nearby villages and small clusters there will be a huge population pressure in the city as majority of the people are unskilled or semi skilled labourers coming from rural areas.There is a great chance of people being to live in the slums as in the cases of the major cities in India,there is a need to develop a large scale of infrastructural activities on behalf of the immigrant labour.The other alternative is creating smart villages as like in the cases of smart cities with the help of the local people involved in it which brings down the push factors from the villages.It would be more evident to say that who leaves their home if the commodities needed for them is being available in their locality itself?This reduces the influx of the people into the new cities and hence the population pressure could also be somewhat controlled.
What is a definition for a Smart City :
'smart city' is an urban region that is highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability. It is a city where information technology is the principal infrastructure and the basis for providing essential services to residents.
Sterlite Tech has already initiated some of the government projects like National Mission Education & National Optical Fiber Network to create digital infrastructure meant for telecom services , digital services and to increase digital literacy in remote areas. We believe 'Digital India' is an important aspect for the growth of data
network in India.
Of the 98 cities and towns that five years down will graduate into smart cities, 24 are capital cities, another 24 are business and industrial centres, 18 are culture and tourism influenced areas, five are port cities and three are education and health care hubs.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the list of 20 Smart cities out of the 98 shortlisted for the 'Smart Cities Mission' was released These cities will be the first to receive funds, thus kickstarting the process of developing them into 'smart cities'.The next two years will see the inclusion of 40 and 38 cities, respectively.