Smart cities are to come into existence, or into functional mode, or into the operational domain from the public psyche of the Indians.
Now the need before that is to educate the Janata (or the Indian public) about ‘whats n hows’ of a smart city:
What is a smart city?
What are its characteristics?
What will happen to the people in a smart city who are not smart (or not smart enough)?
Are the people equipped enough to have what it takes to be the residents of a smart city?
How can they change and acclimatize?
What if a smart city doesn’t find smart users or conscious adherents, what will be the corrective measures/alternatives then?
Before unleashing the transformative power of the smart cities, the Janata needs to be educated and trained with the knowledge of the ‘knowhows’ of a smart city functioning.
The Skills Development Ministry can collaborate with the Urban Development Ministry on it.
After all, it is legitimate claim of the Janata to have a participative development of the smart cities.
Yes, infrastructure upgradation is an urgent need of India but it needs to be backed with solid feasibility and viability issues.
What will make for an Indian smart city, the clear and defined elements, need to come in the public domain soon, and hopefully, we will have that information soon.
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