What is a Smart City?
In the approach to the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicated model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities. The Smart Cities Mission of the Government globally is a bold, new initiative. It is meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City, catalysing the creation of similar Smart Cities in various regions and parts of the Country.
Our CURRENT ACTIVITIES:
Setting up 100 smart city offices in all the 100 smart cities of India in which City would be requiring Professional smart services, smart technologies smart cyber security services and each city the business generating is about USD $15 billion dollars in coming time and Grace &Victoria plan to tap 10% of business worth USD $1.5 billion US Dollars by providing and creating world class office in each of this city to execute this dream to make India one of the most happening country in the world and alleviating poverty out of India in coming time.
As a first step we have already finalized and secured 20 Smart Cities where we plan to be fully operational in next few months.
Accordingly, the purpose of the Smart Cities Mission is to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local area development and harnessing technology, especially technology that leads to Smart outcomes. Area-based development will transform existing areas (retrofit and redevelop), including slums, into better planned ones, thereby improving livability of the whole City. New areas (Green-fields) will be developed around cities in order to accommodate the expanding population in urban areas. Application of Smart Solutions will enable cities to use technology, information and data to improve infrastructure and services. Comprehensive development in this way will improve quality of life, create employment and enhance incomes for all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged, leading to inclusive Cities.
Cities are engines of growth for the economy of every nation, including India. Nearly 31% of India’s current population lives in urban areas and contributes 63% of India’s GDP (Census 2011).
With increasing urbanisation, urban areas are expected to house 40% of India’s population and contribute 75% of India’s GDP by 2030. This requires comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure. All are important in improving the quality of life and attracting people and investments to the City, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development. Development of Smart Cities is a step in that direction.