Tackling Diverse Challenges In Smart Cities
Development demands focusing at the grass-roots levels on every citizen to having a macroscopic view of matters
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With over 100 cities being taken under the smart cities mission, it is reasonable that those cities have unique challenges to deal with. With the Union government allocating a sum of 6,450 crores for the smart cities mission for 2020-2021, same as the last year, it is crucial to have an in-depth analysis of the specific challenges that cities face.
Manish Misra, PRO, Gwalior Smart City Development Corporation coming from the city of Gwalior notorious for Dacoit, said that the biggest challenge that he faced was to change the image from the negative to hopeful. He informed that they have been building an incubator center, called Dream Hatcher, which will be operational by the end of March. The center is reported to catalyze entrepreneurial culture in India.
Bringing to notice a critical challenge that gets unnoticed, Sandeep Shinde, Director Kumbhathon Innovation Foundation, Nashik stated that nobody bothered about the visually impaired community, many could not continue their further studies due to problem. Shinde informed that they had created a platform where any printed material can be converted into audio. “Nashik has created a library using the technology,” Shinde said.
Harshit Tande, Project Director, Nashik Smart City, informing the audience that the smart cities mission was started around the time of skill India mission during the same time around the year 2016. Consequently, the local people can have employment within the smart city with the collaborative engagement. “We are connecting with the people, it is not that we are working in isolation,” Tande said. T N Mishra, Nodal Officer, Moradabad Smart City, informed on the important fact that the smart cities challenge is not the same for every city and thus they need to be tackled accordingly. Rohit Bansal, Advisor, Agra Smart City shared important lessons from various transformations happening from his region of work.
The above experts were presenting at the BW Businessworld organized 8th Smart Cities Conclave.