The cities of the 21st century are the largest sites of human settlement today, and are increasingly acting as critical nexus points of social, economic, ecological and technological change.

   - United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Urbanization in India has significant implications for the future development of the country. By 2030, India’s urban population will touch 590 million or nearly twice that of the United States, while Indian cities will generate close to 70% of the GDP. This will exert tremendous pressure on urban infrastructure and services. It is, therefore, imperative that we find innovative solutions for the urban challenges of growth and sustainability.This dramatic growth also provides impetus for the creation of smart cities which leverage information and communications technology (ICT) to greatly improve the productivity, lifestyle and the prosperity of our people. Additionally, green growth strategies can build environmentally sustainable cities.

Competitiveness refers to a city’s ability to create employment opportunities, attract investments, experts, professionals and people. The ease of being able to do business and the quality of life it offers determines its competitiveness

Sustainability includes social sustainability, environmental sustainability and financial sustainability.

Quality of Life includes safety and security, inclusiveness, entertainment, ease of seeking and obtaining public services, cost efficient healthcare, quality education, transparency, accountability and opportunities for participation in governance.

CONCEPT OF SMART CITY                                                                  PILLARS OF SMART CITY


Source: UNEP