International Tie-Ups For Smart Cities

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has signed a (MoU) Memorandum of Understanding with a Spanish corporation for taking up the strategies under the Smart City Mission at the CII International Conference held in New Delhi recently. This was the fifth initiative of MoU that CII has signed on smart cities, the earlier ones was with US, German, Japanese and Indian corporations. Throwing some light on the conference, Ravi Parthasarathy, chairman, CII National Mission on Smart Cities, noticed that the country was evidencing faster growth of urban centres. He called for instant creation of corridor and inter-city roads, which, in turn would require decent amount of expenditure. Only via unification of these elements with transport sub-systems, along with a large body and portable transit systems that can relieved Indian cities or urban centre’s and at the similar time make them environment friendly.

Gustavo De Aristegui, ambassador of Spain, congratulated India at CII National Mission on Smart Cities for signing a (MoU) with the Spanish Corporation. He also underlined that the Spanish corporation has proven themselves in rapid-speed railway and sustainable metro systems across the globe. The ambassador hoped that the MoU would not only encourage the existent Smart City Mission in India but also stimulate stronger economic relationship as well.

Guest of honour in the event M Ramachandran, former secretary, MoUD, GOI (Government of India), stressed that there is a requirement to enhance investment in transport infrastructure also. In order to realise the expressed goals in the Smart City Mission, he said, it is important to create well-organised, registered and controlled public transport systems, for which data would benefitted as a fundamental necessities. Transport solutions should be fastening at the Centre with core significance on time-bound execution of solutions. Moreover, there was a requirement for professional and interrelated approach and stronger capacity for building both the state and the local level in order to address city level transport problems, he stated.

Prof. Jagan Shah, director at National Institute of Urban Affairs, brought his attention on the key gaps in transport infrastructure and service delivery across the globe and called for powering the shaping framework of transport proposed smart cities. In context of Technology, Shah said, we will have an expanding role in planning and operational management in order to move ahead. The Smart City Mission, he highlighted, was directed towards unification of sub systems in order to define and get the desired results. The key to success of the mission would be to focus on area-based solutions. Considerable automation under a powerful leadership and perfect utilization of public spaces would also be very important for 21st century cities.

Sanjay Gupta, professor of transport planning, School of Architecture also, spoke about the challenges involved in improving metropolitan cities across the country which was mirrored in higher passenger kilometre.