KT Rama Rao, Panchayat Raj & IT minister, Telangana addresses the participants at the National Conclave on Smart Cities hosted by the Smart Cities Council India and the government of Telangana. Click to know his thoughts on the Smart City concept, the required change in adaptability and the likely challenges his government may face in application of the concept.
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