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New strategies, technologies, open platforms and effective governance can help create cities that are sustainable and attractive to ongoing development.
A city capable of becoming environmentally sustainable and attractive to both citizens and businesses requires a new kind of intelligent infrastructure—an innovative, open platform based on smart technologies that can help forward-looking cities more predictably integrate a complex suite of services cost-effectively, at pace and at scale.
Given India’s growing economy and a rapidly booming young population, the country is no exception to this unprecedented wave of urbanization. Urban population in India is projected to increase from 377 million in 2011 to 600 million in 2031.3 By 2030, India will have 68 cities with population of more than one million, 13 cities with more than four million and six megacities with 10 million or more.
A demographic shift of this magnitude entails a series of challenges and opportunities for the Indian cities. Most importantly, the cities are expected to witness a significant pressure on the availability of resources. Some of the large Indian cities are already struggling to meet the demands of its citizens.
As such, any incremental demand will only lead to a gridlock significantly jeopardizing the system. The biggest challenges of this rapid urbanization are directly tied to the heightened scarcity of vital urban resources such as housing, energy, water, transportation and healthcare.
Given the increasingly “resource-strained” economy, there is a growing pressure to embrace innovative approaches to city management. The absence of a proactive city management strategy in this context can lead to a drop in the quality of life, adversely impact natural resources and eventually alienate investors which can decelerate the economic growth.
Moreover, because of the mobility of the global populations, the world is now an open playing field. Hence, cities will increasingly compete for citizens and businesses not just within their nations but across the world as they seek to become and remain globally attractive. This competition takes at least four forms:
December 17, 2013
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