The summit was inaugurated by Chief Guest P.P Chaudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. He emphasised on the government’s Digital India initiatives.
Pune being selected in smart cities mission competition, would like to undertake smart city initiatives to make Pune a better place by increasing safety, livability of the people in the city and to effectively provide the delivery of few urban services.
Essel Group's objective is to build integrated utilities that are inclusive, towards developing state-of-the-art infrastructural solutions that are innovative, sustainable, as well as eco-friendly.
Smart cities promise to provide a quality of life that can support future generations sustainably, says Cushman & Wakefield report.
Urbanization Challenge: 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 urbanization, 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.
Challenges with the Indian Urbanization Scenario - Urbanization in India is rapid and propels social and environmental challenges. Cities are characterized by strained infrastructure which manifests itself in terms of power cuts and water shortages, high cost of living, and unaffordable real estate resulting in urban sprawl and slums, high volume of traffic resulting in pollution and delays.
Indian cities are struggling to accommodate the accelerated pace of urbanization – resulting in crumbling urban infrastructure and unaffordable options for urban accommodation. Urbanization is only bound to rise – with a manufacturing - led, knowledge driven economy forming the core focus of India’s efforts at creating a ‘step change’ in economic growth. Our industrial growth ecosystem must be planned and created – liveable cities will need to enable people to live and work near production zones.
By 2031, the urban share of GDP is expected to rise from 52% to 75%. The national level of urbanisation in India will rise from 31% in 2011 to 50% by 2031, and more than 600 million Indians will choose to live in urban areas. Urban areas of the future will be clustered – almost 50% of all future urban Indians will be concentrated in 87 metropolitan cities.