The Union Cabinet in India has already approved the 100 smart city projects in India and the Indian Government has allocated INR 6000 crore for development of these smart cities with the intention to handle the raising challenges due to rapid urbanization. The concept of smart cities is at a nascent stage in India and there are no set standards or frameworks for the smart cities except for the guidelines. The definition of smart cities varies and depends on a lot of parameters like the cultural & regional background of the population, the physical and institutional infrastructure, the existing technology, and fundamentals of a city such as power and water supply, sewerage and waste management, education, healthcare, etc.
It is extremely essential for the government, the private sector and the citizens’ involvement to create a fool proof smart city model that elevates the quality of living. It is extremely essential for us to learn from the leaders who have succeeded after facing a series of challenges in executing the smart city model. Indian cities look at other smart cities like Amsterdam Smart City and Tel Aviv Smart City which has similar challenges as the Indian city to benchmark smart city practices.
Nispana brings case studies from International experts like Mr. Zohar Sharon, Chief Knowledge Officer – Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality which received the Worlds Smartest City award at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2014 and Mr. Frans Anton Vermast – Senior Strategy Officer – Amsterdam Smart City to present case-studies and share the best practices that will help in envisioning the opportunities, challenges and barriers in the Indian scenario at the “Sustainable Smart Cities India” Conference scheduled on 3rd & 4th of September 2015 at the Vivanta by Taj, M.G. Road, Bengaluru, India. This conference will also host a presentation from the “GIFT City”, India’s 1st and most ambitious smart city project.
This two day deliberation will focus on more sustainable and smart ways to develop urban mobility, traffic management, building, infrastructure development, renewable energy, waste management, e-governance, ICT connectivity, security, safety and more in order to meet India’s rapid urbanization. This conference is under the patronage of the Minister of Urban Development, Govt. of Karnataka with an official endorsement from the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce (FKCCI) and the Smart Cities Foundation as supporting partners in association with the All India Association of Industries.